COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – Mayor Skip Henderson, three new school board candidates and one incumbent attended a Meet the Candidates forum hosted by Davis Broadcasting and The Courier Eco Latino Newspaper.
The forum was set up to allow citizens to meet the candidates running in their riding and hear their answers to questions asked by more than a dozen organizations.
Candidates for school boards were interviewed on several topics ranging from district-specific topics, to school safety, to special needs accommodations.
The four candidates in attendance included District 6 incumbent Mark Cantrell, his challenger Zebulon Harris, District 2 candidate Sadiyah Abdullah and District 8 candidate Sarah Smith.
Meanwhile, Mayor Skip Henderson spoke about issues including development and infrastructure in South Columbus, Georgia’s new license-free law and economic relief for small business owners.
“As an incumbent, you know the facts, right? You know the budget, you know the things that some of the other candidates don’t know,” Henderson said. “So it’s kind of hard to be able to answer some of the questions and clarify some of the unintended missing information, but I think it’s important that if you’re currently in a role like that, that you show them that you take the job seriously and you show them in showing you.
Mayor Henderson’s challenger, John Anker, was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.
“I had something that was in the works. I had told someone I would be there and I wasn’t going to go back on that commitment. My yes will be yes and my no will be no,” Anker said. “I asked, because they had two dates, they had the 7th was a date they were going to have for some of the officials running and they had the 14th. I said I could change my dates because I am available on the 7th. He said no, unfortunately that is set in stone, that was the date we were leaving with and that was the last communication I had.
Both Anker and Mayor Henderson will be at the News 3 Mayor’s Debate at 7:00 p.m. on April 28 at Columbus State University. The debate will feature questions from a panel of WRBL reporters and CSU representatives, as well as questions submitted by viewers. These questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This debate will be broadcast live on WRBL and streamed live on our website, WRBL.com.