Chamber to hold digital candidate forum

Published 9:46 am Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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By Taneisha Woods

Throughout the country, in today’s political climate, politics are becoming a very contentious area.

The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce announced June 19 that it will hold a candidate digital forum inviting all qualifying candidates, whether opposed or unopposed running for political office in the city of Atmore to participate.

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The August 25 elections for city council and mayor only occurs once every four years, but it seems a lot more often with the amount of coverage it gains, chamber officials said.

“The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes it is an ideal platform for each candidate to connect with community members,” Executive Director Emily Wilson said. “These connections are critical to helping us all be ‘in-the-know’ on current events. We must familiarize ourselves with how each candidate plans to help our community power Atmore forward.”

Each qualifying candidate in the municipal election has been invited to schedule a time to sit down with Wilson.

Twenty questions about the city and plans they have for it will be answered at that time, Wilson said.

“All candidates will be asked the same 20 questions and will be invited to record their interviews at a time that best fits them,” she said in a release. “Only 30 minutes each will be allowed, and the interviews will be conducted in a question and answer style format for each candidate. Each interview video will be posted and shared on chamber’s website and Facebook page, collectively on the same date and time allowing for the same screening time for all. This will take place once the deadline for recording has passed and all candidates have been interviewed.”

Wilson said it’s the chambers’s goal to provide access to these future leaders that the members and community may not have had otherwise.

“We look forward to learning about each candidate and their vision for Atmore,” she said.