One chance to hear candidates face-to-face


Floyd County residents face choices between two candidates for Sheriff, three candidates including a Republican incumbent, a Democratic challenger and an independent for Burks Fork Supervisor; a man or a woman for Little River Supervisors; and two candidates for School Board in the upcoming local elections on Nov. 3.

Those who want to see the nine candidates square off against each other in public get one chance to see them together Thursday night at a candidates forum sponsored by the local Tea Party chapter at the Community Room of The Bank of Floyd, located behind the financial institution and next to the courthouse parking lot.

Appearances of the candidates begin at 7 p.m. and the forum is scheduled for two hours.

The Sheriff’s job comes down to a choice between long-time deputy Brian Craig, who beat challenger Doug Weddle in the GOP caucus earlier this year, and former parti-time bailiff and retired State Trooper Jimmy Howery.

In Burks Fork, incumbent Republican Joe Turman is seeking re-election but is challenged by Oddfellas Cantina co-owner and legal moonshine producer Kerry Underwood, running as a Democrat, and D.J.’s Drive-In owner Michael Schumann, an independent, who is also an active volunteer fireman in the county.

Little River Supervisor Virgel Allen is retiring from the board and the candidates seeking to replace him are Republican Eddie Worth — a retired businessman and the who handles the Safe Surfing internet operation for Floyd County — and independent Linda DeVito Kuchenbuch, a Floyd Realtor, announcer for school athletic events and one-time staff member of the FloydFest operation.

One contested race for an open seat in the Burks Force District on the School Board:  Rebecca Howell is running against Laura Harman Le Roy.

Wanda Combs, Editor of The Floyd Press will cover the candidate forum.  I will add photos as needed.  I will also video tape the entire forum and will post the full appearance and comments if each candidate on Blue Ridge Muse, beginning on Monday, October 26, with the sheriff’s race, followed by the Burks Force candidates on Tuesday, Little River supervisors on Wednesday and the school board on Thursday.

The content of each candidate’s remarks will not be edited in the video presentations.  Their entire presentations will be presented.  Edits may be made for visual presentation but all comments will be used.

I will write an overview for Muse on Monday, Nov. 3, to serve as a guide for readers.  Links to all videos and materials will be provided on Facebook.

On Tuesday, November 3, the campaigns end and voters have the final say.

May their choices be wise and informed ones.


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