Residents of House District 104 will have at least a couple of opportunities to meet all the candidates for their next representative under one roof, beginning tonight with a forum hosted by the Common Sense Campaign at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Five Republicans and a Democrat have qualified for the seat, which was vacated earlier this summer by Jim Barton and all have accepted invitations to the forum, according to organizer Kay Day.

“We’ll have opening statements, take questions from the audience and give each candidate a minute-and-a-half to answer. If time allows before closing statements, the Common Sense Campaign has also prepared questions.”

Day said the forum will be moderated by Dr. Lou Campomenosi with Pete Riehm serving as emcee. Doors will open at 5:30 where attendees will have access to candidates before the forum begins at 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

For those who can’t make it, the South Alabama Republicans Men’s Club has invited the candidates to its monthly breakfast at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at the John Word (Captain’s Table) Restaurant on the causeway. George Williams, senior vice chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said he would also host the candidates on his weekly radio show the night before. The call-in program, “Points of View,” airs live every Friday nigh at 8 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

A special primary election for Republicans has been scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 15. A run-off, if necessary, is scheduled for Dec. 3. The primary winner will advance to face Democrat Stephen Carr in a general election either Dec. 10 or Jan. 28.

Republicans qualifying include (click on a candidate’s name for more information):



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Ralph Carmichael






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Nathan Davis






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Susan Hightower






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Charlie Plyler





Margie Wilcox

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