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SEE YOUTUBE VIDEO(S) OF THE BEST ALL-COUNTY-CANDIDATES' FORUM FOR NOV. 2
You will get a better sense of all the candidates from this forum, sponsored by the NAACP, than from all the pieces of paper in your mailbox. This was held Monday night at St. Philips Church on Lawrence Street in Charles Town. - Jim Surkamp
NAACP Forum - 1
Introduction by George Rutherford, president, NAACP;
Harold Stewart, moderator, says three minutes for opening statement, Q&A, ending with a one minute wrap-up by each candidate.
Question on racial attitudes for County Commission candidates (Shepherdstown - for one seat): Starting Paul G. Taylor, Ed Dunleavy, Walt Pellish.
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Question on racial attitudes for County Commission candidates (Charles Town): Derek Lambert, Dale Manuel.
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Question on race views and hiring policies to County Clerk candidates: Starting Jennifer Maghan, Ronda Lehman;
Question on race views, hiring policies, and background to Circuit Clerk candidates: Starting Laura Ratenni, Edward Compton.
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Moderator Stewart announces a 75-minute Q&A.
Question to incumbents on number of hires from minorities or appointments: Maghan, Ratenni.
Question to Ratenni on long passages of time before being selected as juror.
Question to Manuel on the number of County employees from minorities and how many he has voted to appoint to boards or commissions;
Question to County Commission candidates: why so many lawsuits are being filed: Starting Manuel.
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Question wanting a promise from candidates that they are not above the law;
this question along with comments on lawsuits, sign locations, employee evaluation: Starting Manuel, Pellish, Manuel, Lambert, Taylor, Dunleavy, Manuel.
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Question to incumbents: What is the one big thing you want to change in your office(s) in the first year in office? And the same question is asked of the challengers. Starting with (incumbents) Ratenni, Maghan, Manuel (challengers) Compton.
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Question to incumbents: What is the one big thing you want to change in your office(s) in the first year in office? (challenger)
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Question to incumbents: What is the one big thing you want to change in your office(s) in the first year in office? (challengers)
Starting Lambert, Pellish, Dunleavy, Taylor.
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Question to County Commission candidates about the community addressing the public expense of creating new jobs. Starting with Pellish, Dunleavy, Manuel, Taylor, and Lambert.
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Question of whether current residents or potential businesses or both pay for the imminent and very large costs of legally mandated sewer plants that cost tens of millions of dollars. Starting Dunleavy, Manuel, Pellish.
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Question on affordable housing: Taylor
Question regards the Park Service in Harpers Ferry and Route 340 expansion:
Starting Pellish, Dunleavy, Taylor, Lambert, Manuel.
Question on the meaning and connotations of the phrase "colorblind": Starting Dunleavy, Lambert, Ratenni, Lehman,
Question about discrimination against Hispanics: Starting Compton, Ratenni, Lehman, Maghan, Manuel, Lambert, Pellish, Taylor.
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Question of which candidates would "stand behind" President Obama if he were to show up on the courthouse steps: Starting Compton, Ratenni, Lehman,
Maghan, Manuel, Lambert, Pellish, Dunleavy, Taylor.
Question to Lehman and comment on use of phrase "racial divide."
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Question to County Commission candidates which services or departments would they cut if they had to make budget cuts: Starting Taylor, Dunleavy, Pellish, Lambert, Manuel, Maghan, Lehman, Ratenni, Compton.
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Closing remarks of all candidates: Starting Compton, Ratenni, Lehman, Maghan, Manuel, Lambert, Pellish, Dunleavy, Taylor.