POMEROY — Meigs County candidates were given an opportunity to participate in a question and answer forum at two Meigs Tea Party sponsored events held this month at the Senior Citizens Center.
For both events there was standing room only as voters turned out to listen to the candidates express their position on issues. Questions submitted by the audience were reviewed and if deemed appropriate and signed were presented to the candidates.
At the Oct. 9 forum, Tom Gannaway, vice president, introduced the candidates, and Hershel McClure gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Rev. Peter Martindale was moderator using questions prepared specifically for each group of candidates who had no access to the questions prior to the event.
Participating in the first forum were Robert Beegle (R) and Keith Wood (I), candidates for sheriff; Peggy Yost (R) and Tina Cotterill (I), candidates for treasurer; and Colleen Williams (R) who answered questions. in the absence of Patrick Story (I) who was unable to attend, prosecutor.
At the second forum which took place on Oct. 23, Tea Party President Craig Wehrung presided, with Roger Sayre giving the invocation and leading in the pledge to the flag, and Adam Will serving as moderator.
Participating were county commissioner candidates, Randy Hart (D) and Randy Smith (R) and Michael Bartrum (I) who did not attend; clerk of courts, Diane Lynch (R) and Samantha Mugrage (I) with Lori Hatfield and Penny Hysell, both excused for personal reasons.
Light refreshments were available for the visitors and candidates following each forum.