Barrow candidates to answer questions at forum

WINDER - Barrow County voters can hear local candidates respond to the questions they want answered.

Candidates for local city offices will gather in a public forum hosted by the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Colleen O. Williams Theater in Winder.

Chamber officials are asking any voters to submit questions they want the candidates to answer. Those questions must pertain to elected office-related topics. Questions will be taken until 4 p.m. Friday and can be faxed to 770-867-6366, e-mailed to mwalker@barrowchamber.com or dropped off at the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, 6 Porter St., Winder in the historic train depot.

A panel of local business leaders will ask the questions while Debbie Burgamy, publisher of the Barrow County News, moderates the session.

Candidates who have so far agreed to participate are:

' Auburn mayor: William Ackworth, Linda Blechinger

' Auburn City Council: Tauheed Ferguson

' Bethlehem mayor: Scott Walsh

' Statham City Council: John Aaron, Joseph Hayes, Hattie Thrasher

' Winder mayor: Don Graden, Chip Thompson, Roger Wehunt

' Winder City Council: David Maynard

' What: Evening with the Barrow County candidates

' When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11

' Where: Colleen O. Williams Theater, 105 E. Athens St., Winder