Atlanta, GA – The League of Women Voters of Georgia (LWVGA) and the Delta Sigma ThetaSorority, Inc. (DST) will co-host a forum for candidates for the U.S. Senate Sunday, June 8 from3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Capitol Education Center located at 180 Central Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
The forum is free and open to the public.At present, one Republican and five Democratic candidates are slated to run for the same Senate seat. Of those candidates, Dale Cardwell, Rand Knight, Josh Lanier, and Jim Martin have all agreed to participate in the forum. Incumbent, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, has declined; and Dekalb County CEO Vernon Jones remains undecided.
The forum will be streamed live on the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Web site. Inaddition, GPB Radio will air an abbreviated (one hour) version on Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m.GPB’s Susanna Capelouto will moderate.
“Our goal is to help people have access to the candidates in a meaningful way,” said Candice Medlin, DST Chair of the Metro Atlanta Presidents Council. “We would like for people to be able to base their voting decision on more than a 30-second sound bite.”
UPDATE: Rand Knight got the AFL-CIO's endorsement. It now seems that just about every Democratic candidate in the race has some sort of edge over the other... four. Is that right - there are 5 people running for this thing? Any way, congratulations to Mr. Knight. I met him a while back and he's got an energy and passion you don't often see, even in a business of energy and passion.
From his press release:
The Union’s endorsement was not just a show of support for Knight and his candidacy, but a vote of support for a new era of green-collar jobs, energy independence and business people, labor unions, community leaders and elected officials standing together to solve problems of the 21st century.
"I'm deeply honored to receive the support of an organization that fights for working families all across Georgia," Knight said. "We share the common goals of creating universal access to healthcare, creating new prevailing wage jobs, and turning our economy around. Together we can create new "Green Jobs" and provide more opportunities for our children and future generations."