Candidates to speak at Saturday meeting

ALBANY, Ga. -- Candidates from several local and state races will present their platforms and concerns to the public in a town hall meeting Saturday in downtown Albany.

While City Commissioner Jon Howard's typical monthly town hall meetings are held in East Albany, this month the meeting will take place at the Albany Police Department's Law Enforcement Center on the 200 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard Saturday at 10 a.m.

The meeting will feature candidates in a variety of county, school board and state races, Howard said.

"Well, you know the primary is coming up, and a lot of people are really interested in these races," Howard said. "So this will give people the chance to come and listen to these people."

With the July 20 primary looming and several political seats being contested, Howard said that those running seem eager to get their message out.

The session will even feature one gubernatorial candidate, Howard said. David Poythress, who is campaigning for the state's top office, is slated to speak Saturday.

The event will be in a town hall format, with each candidate given five minutes to present themselves and their platforms to the public. Howard said he's offered to allow each candidate to stay after the meeting to address specific questions from the public.