By Alli Thompson
On Oct. 25, the Student Council held the annual Meet the Candidates in the commons. Student Council President Eliza Mount (12) said that 25 candidates attended but only 23 spoke. Two candidates did not wish to speak and Mark Rutherford sent a representative to speak in his place.
“County Commissioner, County Council District 4, County Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney (unopposed), SCSD2 School Board Lexington & Vienna, State Representative, and Vienna Township Trustee had all candidates attend and speak,” said Mount.
Every candidate that attended the meet and greet had three minutes to speak and was given a warning when one minute was remaining. Here is a list of all 25 candidates that attended the meet and greet.
County Sheriff candidates Shawn S. Mayer, Rick Julian and Jerry D. Goodin, Township Trustee (Vienna) Marsha Miller-Smith and Scott Zellers. US Representative (9th District) Liz Watson, Township Trustee (Johnson) Robbie Combs (did not speak), Township Trustee (Jennings) Virgil Johnson, Township Board Member (Vienna) Sam H. LaMaster, Township Board Member (Johnson) Glenda Buckner (did not speak), State Senator John Perkins and Chris Garten, State Representative Terry Goodin and Mike Bowling, Secretary of State George William Wolfe, School Board Member (Vienna) Jason T. Kendall and Jennifer Hutchison Craig, School Board Member (Lexington) Clint James and Andrea Beswick Soloe, Prosecuting Attorney Chris A. Owens, County Council Member (District 4) Raymond W. Jones and Chris Albertson, County Council Member (District 3) Jim Boswell, and County Commissioner Greg Prince and John C. Lizenby
After the last speaker tables were set up around the commons for a meet and greet with the candidates. People in the audience were able to walk around and talk to any candidate with any further questions they had.
“Since I am a senior, I won’t be helping to organize the event next year, but I think the Student Council could do a better job of advertising the event to the community. It would also be great if the event could be recorded or broadcast on Facebook live, but this was not a possibility this year because the candidates would have been put on the spot,” said Mount.