Take part in city politics

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 3, 2008

The City of Franklin government might have a new look in about a month when voters go to the polls and cast votes for a mayor and two council seats for which there are competitive races.

Candidates for those positions have been actively campaigning, getting word out on their positions and beliefs of how a government should serve its citizens.

An important part of that campaign takes place Monday night.

A candidates’ forum for the two council seats is being held at the Workforce Development Center at Paul D. Camp Community College.

In it, the four candidates for two council seat will make statements then answer questions from citizens.

We say it’s important, not because it’s sponsored by The Tidewater News. It’s important because it places candidates at the same location with the expectation they’ll answer the same questions put to them.

The setting gives voters the chance to make a true side-by-side comparison of those seeking office.

In Ward 1, candidates Barry Cheatham and Dan Hoctor, political newcomers, seek the City Council seat being vacated by Joe Scislowicz.

In Ward 2 incumbent Charles Wrenn

is being challenged by Brenton “Benny” Burgess. The four will make opening statements before fielding questions. Steve Stewart, publisher of The Tidewater News, will serve as moderator.

The forum is free to the public at starts at 6:30 p.m.

A similar forum for the three candidates running for mayor will be held April 30.

The General Election is May 6.

Admission to Monday’s might be without charge, but the future of the city comes with a price.

Stay involved, stay active and stay involved.