Candidate forum set for Thursday

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dallas County Democrats are planning dinner Thursday with 2014 election candidates and inviting everyone. 

The event, called Breakfast for Dinner, includes a $10 charge for a meal of grits, fish, spinach, eggs and hush puppies. More importantly, it gives voters a chance to ask candidates questions about their intentions and goals, according to Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee chair Ozetta Thomas.

It begins at 6 p.m. at the Selma University gym.

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Thomas said all running for local and state elections have been invited, though three incumbents — Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman, Tax Collector Tammy Jones King and Tax Assessor Weida Sheehan — responded that they would not be attending.

“It’s important for the candidates to be able to tell voters about their platform,” Thomas said. “Even if he or she is running unopposed the candidates will have the chance to talk about what issues are most important.”

The forum will include a two-minute opening statement by each candidate, followed by a question and answer session and a three-minute closing statement. The forum will begin with state candidates for office, followed by local candidates and, finally, candidates for the 7th Congressional District.

Candidates for office in 2014 elections include:

  •  Incumbent Terri Sewell and former Birmingham city attorney Tamara Harris Johnson in the 7th congressional district race
  • Incumbent Darrio Melton, who is running unopposed, in the Alabama House of Representatives’ 67th District
  • Incumbent Hank Sanders and former Selma Chief of Police Robert Green in the Alabama Senate’s 23rd District race
  • Incumbent Harris Huffman and Lee Green, a local pastor and employee of the Department of Youth Services, for Dallas County Sheriff
  • Selma High football coach Leroy Miles and local business owner Leonard Ingram in the Dallas County District 5 School Board race. Ingram is the only Republican running in local elections.
  • Incumbent Weida Sheehan and Franklin Fortier in the tax assessor race
  • Incumbent Tammy Jones King and local teacher Cicely Nelson Curtis in the tax collector race
  • Incumbent William Alan Daily, running unopposed, in the Dallas County coroner race