On behalf of Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE), I wish to thank and congratulate the people of all ages and party preference who attended our jointly sponsored Candidate Forum on Saturday, July 23.
We appreciate the city’s willingness to allow the event to take place in the community center, and we thank Mayor Heathcoat for allowing us to use the flag from City Hall. We also thank Pam Vamosi and the Lion’s Club for graciously lending us their podium.
We are grateful for the presence of our Supervisor of Elections, Tammy Jones, who spoke and then maintained a voter registration and information table throughout the event.
We also thank the candidates for coming before the people to tell who they are, why they are running and what they plan to accomplish if they are chosen.
Jerry Lawrence and Jeff Edison for Superintendent of Schools and those running for positions on the County Commission—Berlon Weeks, John Meeks, Chetley Breeden, Mike Joyner, Matt Brooks and Danny Stevens—presented their contrasting views to enable voters to make informed choices.
Three of the six candidates running for our newly drawn U.S. Congress District 2—Steve Crapps, Rob Lapham and Ken Sukhia—drove many miles to be there, as did Florida Congressman Charlie Stone, who represents Levy County, as part of Florida House District 22. His opponent was not present.
We are grateful for the media, for letting the public know about the event beforehand as well as covering it throughout.
Finally I thank the volunteers, who arranged chairs and set up tables, signs and sound system. Literature was distributed and question slips were made available to audience members who wished to participate. CEE co-founder Barbara Byram was with me every step of the way in the planning and execution process. AARP members Sally Collins, Mignon Craig and Sharon Reynolds, as well as CEE members Michele Belew, Carol Ahearn, Sara Nussel and Chris Curry were willing to do whatever chore was asked of them. It was truly a team effort.