Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Candidates for the new 7th Congressional District have been quite active as they seek their party’s nomination for the newly-created seat that includes Georgetown County.
You may well have attended a meet-and-greet, a drop-in, or received brochures, letters or e-mails for one of the nine Republican candidates for the new district.
If there’s a question you’d like to ask these seven men and two women, you’ve got your chance through a Facebook page set up especially for a forum for the candidates.
The Georgetown County Republican Party, the Georgetown County School District, the three newspapers of Georgetown Communications — Georgetown Times, Waccamaw Times and Inlet Outlook — and the Coastal Observer are co-hosting a live forum on May 22 at 7 p.m.
The free forum will be the first major public event held in Waccamaw High School’s new auditorium.
The Georgetown Times and its sister papers are joined by the Coastal Observer in seeking input from readers. Visit the special Facebook page set up for this event: http://www.facebook.com/GC7thDistrictDebate?ref=ts.
Click “Like” to learn about the candidates. You may also submit your questions on the page.
If you’d like to submit a question privately, use the message function near the top of the page in the upper right corner. Tell your friends about the page and mark the debate on your calendars.
Editors Tommy Howard of the Georgetown Times and Charles Swenson of the Coastal Observer will be moderators for the evening and will ask questions of each of the candidates.
The auditorium seats about 650. The Georgetown County School District plans to record the program so students in schools will be able to see the candidates.
With South Carolina gaining population in the 2010 Census, the state added a new district in the Pee Dee area that includes Georgetown, Horry and other counties.
The nine Republicans will face off in the primary on June 12. Also, there are five Democrats who have filed to seek their party’s nomination.
The newspapers and the Georgetown County Democratic Party will co-host a forum for those candidates on June 4 at Bethel AME Church on Broad Street in Georgetown. That event will also be at 7 p.m. that night, and will be open to the public.
Questions may also be submitted for the Democratic candidates.
By Tommy Howard