The forum is one of several that have been scheduled to take place prior to the May 20 Republican primary, offering residents a chance to hear from candidates in many races about issues that matter to them.
All eight candidates in races for the four Cherokee County School Board seats up for election in the May 20 Republican primary confirmed their participation in the forum set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Woodstock High School.
The Cherokee County Council of PTAs is playing host to the forum. President Debbie Rabjohn said the event will focus on informing the community.
“We hope to keep our questions more about education than your basic politics,” she said. “We want our parents to be informed voters.”
The eight candidates running for seats on the School Board include: District 3 candidates John Harmon and Brett Ladd; District 4 candidates Rick Steiner (I) and Robert Strozier; District 5 candidates Clark Menard and Erica Williams; and District 6 candidates Susie Tlacil and Mike Chapman.
Rabjohn said the Cherokee County Council of PTAs has received many submitted questions for the candidates and expects more questions from people attending the forum.
“The questions have been solicited from all over,” she said. “We will take questions from the floor and they will be vetted also.”
The forum will be moderated by Cherokee Tribune Managing Editor Rebecca Johnston, and questions will be vetted by Cherokee Ledger-News Managing Editor Erika Neldner.
The forum is set to begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event will be in the Woodstock High School auditorium, at 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive in Woodstock. The auditorium seats a few hundred people, Rabjohn said.
The event is slated to finish at about 8:30 p.m., but the Rabjohn said auditorium can be used until 9 p.m. if needed.
Other forums set to take place include:
• A forum for the State House District 22 and Board of Commissioners District 1 and District 4 seats is planned for April 21. The forum is sponsored by the Cherokee County Republican Women and will take place in the historic Cherokee Courthouse in downtown Canton.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the forum slated to start at 6:15 p.m. All candidates have accepted invitations to the event, and the moderator will be Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Joe Dendy.
• A candidate forum for all local, state and national candidates running for office this year.
The event is sponsored by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Council, along with Cagle’s Family Farm, and is planned to take place April 22 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Cagle’s Family Farm. There will be a meet and greet before and after the forum. The Cagle’s Family Farm is located at 362 Stringer Road in Canton.