Candidate forums kick off Thursday

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First event will focus on magistrate race in district one

By Molly Haines

Following the success of the Owen County Judge-executive and magistrate forum held in May, Leadership Owen County will hold a series of forums for the general election beginning Thursday.

The first of three forums will begin at 7 p.m. at the Owen County Extension Office for the district one magistrate race.

Leadership Owen County Alumni member David Morgan said both candidates, Asa Phillips and Gary Minch have been equally invited to participate.

“Asa has agreed to come and we’re hoping that Gary will also participate,” Morgan said. “If not, I’m sure whoever does show up will be willing to answer any questions that are posed and give us some insight into what they feel should happen over the next four years.”

Morgan said with the upcoming changes Owen County will face, it is important to get to know the county’s future, potential leaders.

“There are just so many challenges this county will soon face,” Morgan said. “With the tobacco money running out it’s important to get to know those who want to take leadership positions in the county. This election is going to be very important and these are the people who are going to be guiding this county through some very challenging times.”

Requests to Leadership Owen County led to the decision to have three forums leading up to the November election.

“We had a lot of requests to do more forums and we decided we’d do two for the magistrate races,” Morgan said. “Then we had people approach us and ask if we were going to do one for the city races as well. I think people have a hunger to hear the thoughts and views of their potential leaders and this is a great way to get that information straight from the candidates.”

The district four magistrate forum will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Monterey Fire House. Ray Smith and Troy Bramblett have both been invited to participate.

Owenton mayor candidates David “Milkweed” Wotier and Doug West and all city council candidates have been invited to attend a forum held at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Owen County Courthouse.