Herald’s BOE Forum Coming Tuesday

Election Day is just around the corner – May 6 – and even though it’s a primary, the votes then will decide which four candidates will take seats on the Lee County Board of Education. The Herald’s Candidates Forum, featuring the BOE candidates, is coming Tuesday.

Here are some details..

– the forum will be held at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center from 6-8:30 on Tuesday. It’s open to the public; no tickets are required for entry. Seating is limited, though, so arrive as soon after 6 as possible.

– the reception from 6-7 p.m. will be catered with light hors d’oeuvres. You’ll have a chance to mingle with candidates and ask questions of them then on an informal basis.

– we’ll begin with a few introductions and remarks, and after that we’ve invited the Lee County Board of Commission candidates to be introduced and make brief (two minutes or so) statements. Commission candidates will not take questions. Carol Carlson, our former Citizen of the Year, will moderate.

– from there we’ll move into the BOE forum. Candidates will have two minutes for opening remarks and two minutes for a closing statement. In between they’ll be asked questions that we will prepare; if you have ideas for questions, send them to me at bhorner3@sanfordherald.com. Questions will not be taken from the audience. Two minutes will be allotted for each response. Questions will be written by our staff, but asked by students from East Lee and West Lee middle schools.

– as with all of our forums, each candidate will have a single “Wild Card” to use during the forum. Candidates can use their Wild Card at any time to ether a) rebut the response of another candidate, or b) ask another candidate a question.

Remember, the Board of Education race features six candidates vying for four seats. Candidates include:

Bill Tatum…retired from S. T. Wooten…incumbent seeking 2nd term…

Mark Akinosho…pastor at True Bread Fellowship in Lemon Springs, owns M&C Laudromat on Tramway Road…first-time candidate

Kimberly Lilley…Wyeth employee, mother of four Lee County Schools students…first-time candidate

Dr. Lynn H. Smith…orthodontist appointed to fill unexpired term of Mary Ellen Axner…seeking election for the first time, but considered incumbent

Shawn Williams…pastor of Fair Promise AME Zion Church on Wall Street…appointed to fill unexpired term of John Quiggle…

Cameron Sharpe…former probation office making first run for public office

We hope to see you there…

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