OAK HILL —
Following the Meet the Candidates event sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce on April 23, some candidates expressed their desire for more access to the public as a group and so the Chamber set about to make that happen.
“It seemed like after the meet the candidate breakfast event we had, the Board of Education candidates felt they had not gotten to express themselves fully so we had tried to come up with another event with the BOE candidates and the public,” said Sharon Cruikshank, executive director of the Chamber.
“With everyone’s schedules being so busy, that didn’t happen,” she said this week. “So then we asked them to send in a statement about why they want to be elected to the board, their goals, and we sent it out to the chamber membership and the public.”
Cruikshank said she was pleased with the interest showed at the Meet the Candidates event, but urges more county residents to exercise their right to vote.
“We hope people will get out and vote,” she said. “It’s very disheartening when you look at the totals of the people who do come and vote compared to the number of people in Fayette County. It’s no wonder we have challenges.”
Early voting is under way through May 10 at three county locations: Danese Community Center, Fayette County Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville and the Montgomery City Hall. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 13. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. For a list of the county’s polling places, see the Monday edition of The Fayette Tribune.
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Following are statements made by candidates for the Board of Education in Fayette County as provided by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.