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Economic growth emerges as top issue at candidate forum


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photo/Dan Pool

School board incumbent Byron Long’s response draws a laugh from challenger Tucker Green during the forum last week. Early voting is underway now.

        At the candidate forum hosted by the Pickens Progress Thursday, seven candidates from the three contested local races responded to questions from moderators and members of the public. 

If public officials and candidates’ family members are taken out of the count, attendance was disappointing as there were only a handful of people from the public present.   

Across the board, candidates expressed their love for the Jasper and Pickens County and desire for the community to be the best it can be. There were many overlapping platforms from candidates, who were all cordial during the forum.

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