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Chatham Coalition commissioners attend Chatham County Republican party candidates forum

By Heather Johnson
Posted Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Just want to offer an update on the Chatham County Republican Party candidates' forum held April 13.

It was a very positive, open forum, with an amicable discussion of what each candidate is bringing to the community. Attendance by party members and candidates was high, every candidate attended with the exception of Walter Petty, who was on a mission trip to Haiti (he sent a surrogate). What is clear from this meeting is that Republican Party candidates have been listening to the citizens and are responding to their concerns. The primary concerns of the citizens are most often related to economic development, spending, or education.

Though there were obvious differences between the Republican candidates, it was clear that the party is united on the topics that are of vital importance in this election cycle.

Not just Republicans attended the forum and this reflects how critical this May 4 election is and how concerned that Chatham citizens are about it. We were pleased to see that unaffiliated voters and several Democratic elected officials were in the audience. Brian Bock acknowledged our current commissioners during his remarks and their dedication to our community was applauded by forum attendees.

Early Voting began Thursday, April 15! I worked the polls for Brian Bock and Walter Petty and also distributed conservative judges info. We had a great team of volunteers who were at all three locations. If you would like to join this effort – even if you can just give an hour or two – please email me at It’s not too late to be a part of this important election!

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