Candidates for the Russell County Commission will get the opportunity to present their views and ideas in a public forum Wednesday.
The Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce will use its monthly Biscuits and Business meeting at the Central Activity Center, 1500 14th St., Phenix City, for the forum. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
"When we were doing our program of work last year, we were talking about upcoming stuff — things we had done and things we had not done," Cross said. "There was a question — which always comes up — about being involved in politics. The mood now is that if it's issues or if it's trying to encourage people to go to the polls and vote, it was something we need to do."
The forum moderator will be Dallas Cox, A-Com Telephone Company.
Four of the seven commission seats will be decided in the June 3 Primary Election, with all candidates running in those races Democrats.
The candidates are:
District 4 — incumbent Commissioner Johnnie C. Robinson, Ronnie Reed, Isaiah Sumbry, and Jerome Turner;
District 5 — Incumbent Commissioner Cattie Epps and Henry Goshay;
District 6 — incumbent Commissioner Mervin Dudley, Jimmy Adams and Arthur "Buster" Sanders;
District 7 — incumbent Commissioner J.D. Upshaw, R.J. Schweiger and Larry Screws.
District 1 Commissioner Gentry Lee, a Republican, had no opposing candidate qualify to run and is thus elected.
The District 2 race between incumbent Commissioner Gordon Cox, a Republican, and Democrat Tillman Pugh and the District 3 race between incumbent GOP Commissioner Peggy Martin and Democrat Cecil "Woody" McLemore will both be decided in the Nov. 4 General Election.