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Tybee Island candidate forum held Monday night

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 3:11 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 10:42 PM EDT
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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - The candidate forum on Tybee Island was Monday at 7 p.m.

Over the last few weeks, organizers of the event have been rounding up hundreds of questions from the community that they have for the six candidates running for the three open council seats.

The candidate forum was held by Forever Tybee and the League of Women Voters.

About 200 questions were submitted by the community and each candidate got one minute to answer each question asked.

A forum like this gives the community an idea about where each candidate stands on various issues.

Nearly 100 questions were asked. Organizers say Tybee residents are always eager to learn more about the candidates each election.

“We get an amazing response from the citizens. Tybee’s active in terms of voting. Tybee is active in terms of getting involved in local government, but they want to meet these candidates. So we give them the chance to do that,” said Shirley Wright, Chair of Forever Tybee.

The event was limited to 50 in person attendees but organizers say the virtual meeting had dozens more people tuning in. Many of the questions asked were sent in by community members.

Topics covered everything from tourism, quality of life, infrastructure, ethics among many other things. Moderator Susan Catron says she thinks the questions asked offered a good insight into all the candidates positions on the issues.

“I would think so we went through 100 questions tonight so I think they got a good look at the candidates and they’ll be able to decide Informed citizenry is the bedrock of democracy so that’s a good start here on Tybee,” Catron said.

This is the sixth election they’ve hosted this forum. Organizers say each one has been a success thanks to the high community member turnout. They say Tybee residents are very involved in community affairs.

“A community that’s so involved in what’s going to happen. They care so much about what’s next for them and how to solve their problems creatively,” Catron said.

On Oct. 31 from 2-5 p.m. Forever Tybee is hosting a meet and greet with the candidates at the Memorial Park Pavilion. This is free and open to the public and serves as another chance for people to get to know the candidates.

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