Candidates for Social Circle municipal elections make their case to local voters

Residents of the City of Social Circle got the opportunity to hear from the three of the four candidates vying for a seat on Distict 1 and District 3 of the Social Circle City Schools Board of Education, as well as the two mayoral candidates and three District 4 City Council members, at a forum in the Church of the Grove auditorium on Monday. The forum was one of three being hosted by the Walton County Chamber of Commerce in the leadup to the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Walton County.

Social Circle City School District candidate Michael O’Conner. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Social Circle City Schools District 3 incumbent Patrick Dally. Photo Credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Social Circle City Schools District 3 Challenger Steve Trantham. Photo Credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Incumbent District 1 SCCS Boardmember Tonia Lumpkin could not attend, but her challenger, Michael O’Conor, was there to make his case. Incumbent District 3 SCCS Boardmember Patrick Dally and challenger Stephen Trantham joined O’Conner in answering a series of questions that included what experiences qualified them to serve as board members, what activities they have been involved in with the district up to this point and what the priorities are that the district is facing. The future of District 5 and the 600 or so children currently in that district took center stage in this issue. The Zone 5 inter-governmental agreement that has these children currently located in the Social Circle City School District is set to expire in 2021 and it is not clear what will happen at that time. The candidates each opened with an introduction of themselves and closed with a summary basically asking residents for their vote. The Walton County Chamber of Commerce live-streamed the whole forum on Facebook. A copy of the forum can be found below.

The full forum featuring SCCS Board of Education candidates can be found at this link. Click or tap on this link to hear three of the four candidates make their case to Social Circle voters.

The two mayoral candidates, incumbent Mayor Hal Dally and challenger, former Social Circle city councilman David Keener, as well as incumbent District 4 Social Circle City Councilman Steve Shelton and challengers John Perpall and Ann Overbeck closed out the forum in a similar format. The candidate began with an introduction, closed out with a wrap up of their candidacy, and answered a series of questions in the middle.

From left: Social Circle incumbent Mayor Hal Dally, challenger David Keener, incumbent District 4 City Councilman Stee Shelton and challengers John Perpall and Ann Overbeck. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

One of the questions that came up was whether or not the rumor concerning whether or not the disbanding of the Social Circle Fire Department to turn the services over to Walton County Fire and Rescue was true. Based on the answer of the incumbents, it appears to be rumor and nothing more. Another issue was whether or not term limits should be considered for the positions of mayor or city council members. As was the case in the Loganville forum, incumbents were not so much in favor of term limits as were those hoping to earn a seat at the table. Another question was concerning the concrete plant development looking to locate in Social Circle. Current council members had to be cautious in the response, with all candidates noting, however, that it was imperative that all regulations and zoning ordinances were closely adhered to. The Walton County Chamber of Commerce live feed of the forum can be found at the link below.

The full forum featuring Social Circle mayoral candidates and District 4 city council candidates can be found at this link. Click or tap on the link to hear these candidate make their case to Society Circle city voters.

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