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Candidate forum in Albany draws interest

ALBANY, Ga. -- Noting that it was difficult to entice any but local candidates to Southwest Georgia to campaign, Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard said he was pleased to have two gubernatorial candidates at his forum Saturday.

Atlanta and northern Georgia have a larger population, so candidates don't seem to want to come here, Howard said.

Despite such concern, gubernatorial candidates David Poythress, D-Atlanta, and DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, attended the forum, along with candidates for local offices such as the Dougherty County School Board.

The 11 a.m. forum proved worthwhile for most of the about 80 people in attendance at the Albany Law Enforcement Center at 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

"This is a good way to get out and meet the candidates," said Harry James of Albany. "You can get more of a feel for them and their views."

The forum allowed candidates to touch on their views on issues such as sales taxes, but really wasn't an in-depth look at the candidates and their views, another voter at the forum said.

"This is a good way to put a name and face together," said Gary Nevins of Albany. "It is a little superficial, but it is a useful opportunity to meet the candidates."

Howard said he hopes everyone will do their duty and exercise their right to vote in the July 20 primaries and the Nov. 2 general election.

"You can still register by June 21," Howard said. "The primary is July 20."