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Homeowners' group hosting Jonesboro political debate

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association, Inc., will host a political debate this week for candidates in the Nov. 3 Jonesboro municipal election.

The debate will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center, located at 103 West Mill Street.

According to Synamon Baldwin, president and co-founder of the homeowners' group, the debate will give Jonesboro residents a chance to interface with, and ask questions of, the candidates running for City Council seats.

"It's just a continuation of our mission to stomp out civic illiteracy in Clayton County," Baldwin said. "I don't know of anybody else who is doing any [political debates] in Clayton County. They are happening all over metro Atlanta. We're hoping to walk away having given the citizens of Jonesboro a chance to question the candidates so that they can make intelligent decisions when they vote."

In Jonesboro, seven candidates are vying for three at-large seats on the City Council. Incumbents Rick Yonce, Clarence Mann and Billy Powell face challenges from Pat Sebo, Shawn Wooten, Joe Compton and Brad Johnson.

Baldwin said the candidates will be asked why they chose to run, which issues concern them the most, and what they can do to make the City of Jonesboro a better place to live.

Following the questioning period, candidates will be able to field questions from the audience.

"Voters in the City of Jonesboro will have an opportunity to meet, listen to, and question the seven candidates seeking to represent them," Baldwin said.

For more information, call (404) 396-2706.