Runoff candidate forum addresses hot button issues

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – A Baldwin County candidate forum Tuesday night, July 8, in Robertsdale, gave candidates one last chance to show voters what they’re made of before the runoff election next Tuesday, July 15.

That forum was sponsored by three Tea Party Chapters in Baldwin County – the North Baldwin Tea Party Chapter, the South Baldwin Tea Party Chapter, and the Fairhope-Daphne Tea Party Chapter.

The positions that participated in the forum Tuesday night, were State Senate Seat District 22, County Commission Seat District 2, School Board Seat District 3, and the position of State auditor.

Moderators asked the candidates several questions covering a variety of local hot topics such as Baldwin School expansion, economic development, and gun regulations.

Not every candidate attended the forum, in fact, for each seat race, only one candidate was present to discuss their opinions on the issues.

FOX10 asked two questions to each of the candidates who showed up Tuesday.

First, which issues were most important to them, and second, how they plan to take care of those issues.

Harry D’Olive is running for the District 22 State Senate seat.

“The most important issue in this district is economic development,” explained D’Olive, “We need jobs, we need manufacturing industry, and that’s what I’ll concentrate on.”

So, how does he plan to carry out that mission?

“I’ll do whatever I can to help recruit manufacturing industry to the area,” D’Olive said.

D’Olive is running against Greg Albritton, who was not present at the forum.

Bob James, the incumbent for the County Commission District 2 seat, is also in a runoff.

“I want to maintain the transparency, and the accountability that I started four years ago,” said James, “and, our fiscal discipline that we put in place.”

And, how will he execute that plan?

“It’s kind of like coaching, reminds me of way back when I used to coach,” he explained, “you’ve got to do one thing at a time.”

James is running against Chris Elliot, who did not attend the forum.

Finally, FOX10 caught up with candidate Tony Myrick about the controversial issues hitting the Baldwin County School System.

Myrick is running for the District 3 seat on the Board of Education.

FOX10 asked him which issue he believed to be most critical for Baldwin County Schools.

“I think the most pressing issue is the Common Core,” said Myrick, “I think it’s bad for education in my opinion.”

How does he plan to stand against it?

“If anything comes up about Common Core, it’s certainly going to be a “no” vote for me,” said Myrick.

Myrick is running against Elmer McDaniel. McDaniel did not attend the forum.


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