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Thursday, August 21, 2008

NAACP Youth Council Does Some Grilling At The Russ House On Sunday Afternoon

Entrees Included Candidates au jus By Sid Riley
On Sunday afternoon a crowd of approximately fifty citizens assembled in the upstairs meeting room at the Russ House in Marianna for a forum. The candidate panels included the four individuals who are running for School Board positions, and the three candidates for Superintendent of Schools. These were Betty Duffee, Nancy Deese, D. Rodriguez, and Kenny Griffin for School Board, and Danny Simms, Steve Benton, and Lee Miller who are candidates for Superintendent.
The forum was sponsored by the Youth Council of the local chapter of the NAACP. All questions posed to the candidates were submitted by the audience and were directed to the panel of candidates by the youngsters.
After each question was read, all of the panel members who wished to respond were given the opportunity to give their opinion on the subject. This format led to a relaxed, almost conversational approach to the event which made it very enjoyable. After some twenty five questions were posed over a two hour period, the session was adjourned.
The last scheduled political forum will be held on Thursday evening August 21 at the new Marianna High School auditorium at 6:30 PM. It is sponsored by the Jackson County Democratic Committee, the Jackson County Republican Committee, Chipola College Television CCTV 4, and the Jackson County Times. Please come out and meet the candidates and then on the 26th, PLEASE VOTE!

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