Politics: First forum set for Rome City Commission candidates. Some ‘homework’ for incumbents and challengers tonight. Also: The election schedule.

Politics: First forum set for Rome City Commission candidates. Some ‘homework’ for incumbents and challengers tonight. Also: The election schedule.

 

One of the first forums for the nine Rome City Commission candidates is on the schedule. It will be part of the Floyd County Republican Party’s Thursday, Sept. 26,  monthly meeting at Moe’s Original Barbecue at Bridgepoint Plaza beginning at 6 p.m.

The commission races for three seats each representing Wards 1 and 3 are nonpartisan. Party members say all candidates have been invited and the meeting is open to all. The candidates include:

Ward 1

  • Jim Bojo
  • Mark Cochran
  • Bill Irmscher
  • Milton Slack
  • Sundai Stevenson

Ward 3

  • Bonny Askew
  • Bill Collins
  • Craig McDaniel
  • J.J. Walker Seifert

Also scheduled for the Nov. 5 ballot — voters thoughts on the Sunday Brunch Bill which extends the hours restaurants can serve alcohol by 90 minutes, starting at 11 a.m. vs. 12:30 p.m. Background

We’ll have updates on additional forums soon.


Candidate profiles: Hometown Headlines will interview the candidates prior to the start of advance voting. One of our questions for incumbents and challengers will involve the seizure of economic development from the Rome Floyd Chamber and resulting creation of a city/county recruiting agency guided by the Rome Floyd Development Authority. Candidates and imcumbents will get an update on the new economic development agency during this evening’s Rome City Commission caucus beginning at 5 p.m. in the Sam King Room at City Hall.

Who votes?

  • Any registered voter in the city of Rome. Registration for new or lapsed voters ends Oct .7. Check your status here; better yet, confirm in person at the elections office.
  • Both the Ward 1 and Ward 3 races are “citywide” meaning you can vote for up to three candidates in each ward.
  • What to watch for: ‘Bullet voting’ or ‘slingshot voting.’ That’s where people vote for just one candidate in a ward race even though they are eligible to vote for three. The idea is to “maximize” that chances of that preferred candidate. It has been used here before.
  • Also on the ballot: The City Commission is expected to let the “brunch bill” go before voters (earlier drink sales on Sundays).

So what’s next:

  • Oct. 7: Final day to register to vote in the municipal elections if you’re a new or lapsed voter.
  • Oct. 14: Advance voting begins.
  • Nov. 5. Election day.
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