The League of Women Voters will organize a candidates’ forum

May 1—The Dalton Area League of Women Voters will hold a contested race contestants’ forum for the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners and the Whitfield County School Board during the May 24 general election primary on Tuesday, 6 p.m. a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mack Center Communautaire Gaston.

The event is open to the public.

This will be a moderated forum and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The candidates, all invited, are:

Board of Commissioners – Barry Robbins, outgoing member of District 1, and Darrel Long, who is in the pest control business, who are in the Republican Party primary for that district.

—Incumbent John Thomas and Shane Day, director of global sales for Tiarco Chemical in Dalton, who are in the District 3 Republican primary. They faced off in the April 2021 special election runoff to fill the unexpired term of the late Roger Crossen for this seat. Thomas beat Day in this second round by 587 votes (52.98%) against 521 votes (47.02%).

Board of Education—Joe Barnette, a retired educator; Amber McMahan, Nurse Practitioner; and Greg Williams, who controls stocks, qualified for Board of Education District 4 in the Republican primary. This district is currently represented by Joseph Farmer, who is not seeking re-election.

Melvin B. Baillie