The courtroom of the courthouse on Lafayette square was full of political runners on Thursday night, as the Macon County Republican Party hosted its first ever “Ask the Candidate” event.
Every candidate present at this forum had a chance to stand and address those present, offering a case for their campaign. In addition to the candidates for local office, there were several special guests present. These guests, who included individuals campaigning for the offices of General Sessions Court Judge, Chancellor, Criminal Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge, and State Senator, were each given the opportunity to stand and speak for a moment at the beginning of the evening. C.K. Smith, John Wootten, Brody Kane, Gordon Aulgur, Ken Witcher, Mae Beavers, and Barry Doss all spoke.
The local candidates, seated in the jury box, were then given the opportunity to answer questions written by GOP members and randomly drawn out of a hat. The questions were read by student volunteer Marcus Dennis.
There were several rounds of questions, which were as varied as “Were you ever fired from a job?”, “What changes would you implement in the office you seek?”, “What does it mean to be a Republican?”, and “How do you handle conflict?” Moderator Kenny Kemp (Chairman of the Macon Republican Party) then gave each candidate a final opportunity to make a closing statement.