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GOP Congressional candidate forum planned

GOP Congressional candidate forum planned
The Aug. 5 general election date is drawing near and those who are still on the fence about a decision for the 8th District Congressional seat will have an opportunity to hear the GOP candidates during a community forum planned for Thursday evening.
Although this year has brought a number of candidates out of the woodwork vying for the Congressional seat, only one Democrat, four Republicans and one Tea Party candidate remain in the race.
The four Republicans – Stephen Fincher, Ron Kirkland, George Flinn and Randy Smith will gather at the Watkins Auditorium on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The special forum will allow the candidates who will be listed on the ballot in August a chance to share their platforms with the community.
Fincher is a farmer and conservative from Crockett County.
Kirkland is a native of Union City who now practices medicine in Jackson.
Smith of Mercer classifies himself as “regular folk” and a conservative Republican.
Flinn is a radiologist in Memphis and has served on the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.
The Republican who claims the nomination in August will face Democratic challenger and Dresden native State Sen. Roy Herron as well as Tea Party candidate Donn Janes of Tiptonville in November.
The last day to register to vote for the August election by mail or in person at the Weakley County Election commission office is July 6. Early voting begins July 16 and lasts through July 31. Early voting will take place at the election commission office in Dresden. The state primary and county general is Aug. 5. Polling will be at various locations throughout the county.
The GOP candidate forum planned for Thursday is jointly sponsored by UTM’s Student Republicans and the Weakley and Obion county Republican parties.
Community members are invited to attend this free event to hear the GOP 8th District candidates sound off on the issues.
WCP 6.29.10

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