All but one of the Republicans seeking office as either a Franklin County 1st or 2nd District commissioner will take part in a primary election candidate forum at noon Wednesday, July 25, sponsored by the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce.
The forum will replace the Chamber’s regular monthly meeting. The event will take place in the conference room at Budget Lodging, 866 S. Outer Road.
The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Mike Murphy, superintendent of the St. Clair R-XIII School District and treasurer of the Chamber board of directors, will be the moderator. He will ask the candidates predetermined questions focusing on Franklin County as well as the second district, which serves St. Clair, Lonedell, Sullivan, Union and other area communities.
“This is a great opportunity for our community and for the citizens of Franklin County,” Chamber Executive Director Angela Crawford said. “Not only will this event bring people to the great city of St. Clair, but citizens will have the opportunity to hear the candidates’ positions and make an informed decision when they go to the polls in August and November.
“We appreciate the participation of the commission Candidates and look forward to a great forum.”
The Second District Republican candidates are Ted Diez of Union, Mark Falloon of Sullivan, Jerry Landing of Sullivan, Michael Schatz of Sullivan and Gary Young of Union. The First District Republican candidates are Tim Baker of Robertsville, Tim Brinker of Washington, Ron Keeven of New Haven and Terry Wilson of Washington.
Diez informed the Chamber he will not be able to attend the forum because of a work commitment.
Wilson currently is the 1st District commissioner. Ann Schroeder is the 2nd District commissioner, but is not seeking re-election. Instead, she is running for state representative in the 109th District.
One Democrat is seeking the 2nd District commissioner seat but has no opposition in the primary so she will move on to the Nov. 6 general election. Teresa Connelly of Union will square off against whichever Republican man wins next month’s primary.
There is no Democrat seeking the 1st District spot, meaning whomever wins the primary will be elected.
John Griesheimer is the county’s presiding commissioner.
Pizza Shack of St. Clair will be serving pizza and finger foods during the forum. The cost to attend is $10.
“This will give the public a chance to get to know our Republican candidates for county commissioner,” Chamber Board President Keith E. Domke said. “It should be very informative. Even though some of our focus will be on the second district because that is where St. Clair is located, it’s important for us to include all primary candidates in both districts because the commission represents all of Franklin County.”
Questions and reservations may be directed at the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce, 636-629-6000. The reservation deadline is noon on Monday, July 23.