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The Southern Standard and WCPI are teaming to offer a political forum this Monday, Oct. 1, at Warren County Administrative Offices with candidates for governor and Congress among those invited to attend.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the main courtroom.


Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean have both been invited. The two men are the leading candidates for governor. Dean has confirmed he will be in attendance, while Lee has said he has other commitments.

Republican Scott DesJarlais will be seeking his fifth term in Congress as Representative for the 4th District in the U.S. House. He is opposed by Democrat Mariah Phillips, who says she will be in attendance. DesJarlais says he has commitments in Washington and cannot make it.

All four candidates for the two Tennessee House of Representative seats that serve Warren County are expected to attend.

In the 43rd District, Republican Paul Sherrell is fighting for his second term. He faces a challenge from Democrat Les Trotman.


It’s an open seat in the 47th District where Democrat Mike Winton is facing Republican Rush Bricken.

The night will also include seven candidates battling for three seats on the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Incumbents Everett Brock, Steve Harvey and Ryle Chastain are being challenged by David Hill, Sheila Miner, David Rutherford and David Rhea.


In addition to Standard editor James Clark, noted editorial writer David Plazas will serve as moderator.

Plazas has an esteemed career as a journalist, serving as editorial writer for The Tennessean and also helping to shape the direction of the USA Today’s statewide opinion strategy.

Candidates will be given a chance to make prepared statements and then be asked questions of general interest from moderators.

Candidates listed in order of appearance

1. Candidates for 43rd District TN House
2. Candidates for 47th District TN House
3. Candidates for TN Governor
4. Candidates for 4th District U.S. House
5. Candidates for McMinnville Alderman