Wednesday, April 24, 2013
As the eyes of the nation focus on South Carolina’s First Congressional special election, candidates Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch have both agreed to attend a forum in Goose Creek.
The Goose Creek NAACP has announced that both candidates will attend at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 at the Berkeley Electric Co-op building on Springhall Road. The event is open to the public.
“Everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend,” Goose Creek NAACP President David Cakley said. “It will give people an opportunity to talk directly to the candidates.”
Green Party candidate Eugene Platt is also expected to attend, Cakley confirmed.
While the details of the session are still being ironed out, Cakley said that each candidate will make a prepared statement before taking questions from the audience, and that Platt will go first.
While the session will not be a traditional debate, the fact that both candidates will attend makes it unique. The candidates are scheduled to hold their lone debate the night before.
Cakley said that he had the idea of bringing the candidates to Goose Creek, but that the process of securing commitments from both campaigns proved difficult.
“It was not an easy process, believe me,” he said. “It was a lot of calls – and getting the timing, dates and schedules to work.”
Cakley said he believes the forum will be “good for the community, Berkeley County, and also the branch. I don't want anyone to hesitate to come.”
Cakley said he plans to continue to be in contact with both campaigns as details for the event become concrete over the next week. He said he is leaning towards allowing audience members to directly question the candidates, as opposed to submitting written questions.
The Goose Creek event will come one week before the May 7 election.