SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Voters had the opportunity Thursday to hear from candidates of the Chatham County Commission ahead of Election Day.
WSAV anchors Tina Tyus-Shaw and Ben Senger moderated the live discussion, held virtually, with those in the running for chair and seats in Districts 1, 2, 6 and 7.
Georgia Southern University once again partnered with WSAV for the event following a successful virtual forum for the June primary.
If you missed any of the discussion, view the segments in full below.
A second forum will be held next Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. with candidates for Georgia State House District 164 and 166. Join in live on wsav.com or our Facebook page.
First up — the candidates for chairman: Jason Buelterman (R) and Chester Ellis (D).
The two discussed their thoughts on the county’s COVID-19 response, police funding, homeless population and a new 911 center.
The candidates also commented on Orange Crush, and Buelterman’s handling of the event when he was the mayor of Tybee Island.
Next, District 1 candidates Helen Stone (R) and Kevin Heyman joined, along with District 2 candidates Gator Rivers (R) and Tony Riley (D).
The group was asked about the plans they would implement and the issues important to them. Candidates discussed Chatham County’s handling of the coronavirus and response to weather events, like hurricanes.
The District 2 candidates were also asked to comment on a felony conviction that could disqualify Riley.
District 6 candidates William Dyal (R) and Aaron “Adot” Whitely (D) wrapped up the forum along with Dean Kicklighter (R) and Orlando Scott (D), running for District 7.
Candidates were also asked about their thoughts on Chatham County’s response to COVID-19 and transportation funding, among other topics.