Tuesday night, July 28th Bulloch County voters will have an opportunity to “meet” runoff candidates virtually.  The Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with the Averitt Center for the Arts, The Statesboro Herald, Grice Connect and Statesboro’s Eagle 94.9 radio to host the virtual Town Hall.   The Town Hall is being held at in the Emma Kelly Theater.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no audience will be allowed in the theater.  Instead, the forum will be broadcast live on the Statesboro Herald’s website and Grice Connect’s Facebook Page.

Dr. Scott Bohlke and Billy Hickman, CPA who are competing to replace the late Senator Jack Hill’s Georgia Senate District 4’s seat will open the Town Hall.  Each of them will be given two minutes to introduce themselves and then will be asked around 10 questions each.

The candidates will be asked the questions in alternating order and have three minutes to respond to each question. They then will have two minutes each for a closing statement.

The questions will come from the staff of the Statesboro Herald and a selection of questions submitted by email.

In addition to Bulloch County, Senate District 4 includes Evans, Candler, Effingham and parts of Tattnall and Emanuel counties.

“Since the candidates are not able to hold or attend large gatherings, we wanted to help offer a way for the public to hear a variety of their positions on issues that affect them directly,” said Skip Alford, president of the Chamber.

Following the District 4 forum, candidates in the Republican runoff to become solicitor-general of the Bulloch County State Court, Catherine Sumner Findley and Mark A. Lanier, will come on the Emma Kelly stage and be given four minutes each to tell voters about their backgrounds and their candidacies.

Then, candidates for the non-partisan District 7 seat on the Bulloch County Board of Education, incumbent Heather Mims and challenger Lisa Deloach, will be given four minutes each to tell voters about themselves.

In addition to the live broadcast, the entire forum will be filmed and available to watch on demand on statesboroherald.com Wednesday afternoon.  Eagle 94.9 will also play highlights from the Town Hall during their morning show.

Early voting is in progress at the Bulloch County Board of Elections on North Main Street.  The runoff election will be held on Tuesday, August 11th.  Click here for voter information on the election and for directions to obtain an absentee ballot.

The Town Hall is being sponsored by Georgia Power.

Information for this story was taken from Jim Healy’s Statesboro Herald story, which can be viewed here.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...