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All city candidates confirum for forum
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All eight candidates running for McMinnville alderman have confirmed they will be in attendance Monday night for a political forum sponsored by Southern Standard and WCPI.
The forum will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Warren County Administrative Offices.
The eight candidates have qualified to run for three open alderman seats in McMinnville city government. They are Ben Foust, Billy Tanner, Steve Harvey, Linda Holland, Ryle Chastain, David H. Hill, Everett Brock, and John Douglass.
Candidates will be given three minutes to make an introductory speech. They are free to discuss any topic they wish during this time as it is their three minutes.
From there, candidates will be asked general city government questions before being granted time to make a closing statement.
MTSU professor Dr. John Vile will be among the panelists asking questions. Dr. Vile will also be giving a brief presentation about the four important Tennessee state constitution questions which will be on the ballot.
Dr. Vile is one of the foremost constitutional scholars in all America, having written several books on the subject.
The constitutional questions on the ballot pertain to a state income tax, abortion rights, appointing appellate judges, and expanding lottery rights to 501(c)3 organizations.
The political forum will also include candidates fighting for 43rd District Tennessee House, which is an open seat. Democrat Kevin Dunlap and independent Edward Buck have both confirmed they will be in attendance.
The 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat is also up for election. Incumbent Dr. Scott DesJarlais will not be in attendance. However, two of his challengers, Democrat Lenda Sherrell and independent Dr. Robert Doggart, have confirmed they will attend.
“This political forum gives candidates a great platform to express their views,” said Standard publisher Patricia Zechman. “Voters often have a difficult time deciding who to support. This gives voters a chance to hear the candidates talk and make an informed decision at the polls.”
Election day is Nov. 4.