ALBANY — Darton State College’s D.I.R.T. (Democratic, Independent, Republican Team) Club will be hosting a political forum next month featuring candidates from both state and local May primaries.
D.I.R.T. club advisor and Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta announced that the club, which is made up of Darton political science students, will be hosting the political forum Thursday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in room J-133 at Darton State College.
Marietta said at this point the club is inviting candidates who are running in all state and local races, but at present has not gotten confirmation of who will be able to attend.
“We’re inviting everybody,” Marietta said. “We expect a good turnout from local candidates. We’re pretty sure we’ve got the state house race.”
Marietta said he felt confident State House of Representatives District 153 incumbent Carol Fullerton (D), along with challengers Darrell Ealum and Muarlean Edwards would be present and begin the forum.
The format for the event, Marietta said, would be to allow each candidate roughly three minutes to open and then field two or three questions before a two minute closing.
“With so many races we have to limit the time a little,” said Marietta. “We want to give everyone an opportunity to speak.”
Local primaries that will be contested May 20 include State House of Representatives districts 151, 152 and 153, State Senate District 13, U.S. House of Representatives District 2, Dougherty County Commission districts 4 and 6, as well as the board chairmanship, Dougherty County Board of Education districts 4 and 6, Lee County Commission District 1 and Lee County Board of Education District 1.
Marietta hopes to have confirmation of all candidates that will attend the forum sometime next week.
The forum is scheduled to begin with a meet and greet style reception at 5 p.m., with the first candidates taking the stage at 5:30. The event is free to the public and will be broadcast on Public Access Channel 19, which is shared by Darton State College and Albany State University.