“We’re doing this to generate interest in the community in terms of being politically active,” said Jewel Walker-Harps, head of the local chapter of the NAACP.
She said that the presidential campaign has overshadowed local raises and that the local NAACP has been receiving calls from people wanting more information about these races.
“Being a non-partisan organization, we can’t answer those questions,” she said.
Instead, the NAACP has decided to hold a candidate forum so the candidates themselves may explain their position.
Walker-Harps went on to say Griffin NAACP chapter has had disagreements with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office recently and that there were many issues that affected the African-American community.
She said the community should be interested in the sheriff’s race and be aware of the different candidates’ platforms and proposals so they can hold the candidates accountable for what they promise to do if elected.
Walker-Harps emphasized that the NAACP will continue to hold the sheriff’s office accountable in matters such as fairness and justice for all.
She said that although some questions are in place already, people can call ahead with questions for the candidates or submit them the night of the event.
“They will be allowed to submit questions at the meeting,” she said. “They may call or submit their questions once they arrive.”
The event will begin at 7 p.m. Those interested in more information or providing questions for the candidates may call 770-467-0842 or 404-403-1759.