Midterm Political Forum

Candidates running for political office will converge on Aiken in October for a political forum.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Aiken Standard is hosting a free-to-attend forum at the Municipal Building. The 2018 Midterm Political Forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the ground floor meeting hall at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with candidates. The program will begin at 6 p.m.

"This is a chance for the public to meet their candidates and find out what they have to say," Aiken Standard Managing Editor Michael Harris said. "It also gives candidates the chance to speak to voters and lay out their priorities."

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 5.

Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker will also be at the forum and will discuss Capital Projects Sales Tax IV, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

As of Sept. 25, more than a dozen candidates and political incumbents have agreed to participate to the forum. The candidates represent county-, state- and federal-level races:

  • Camille Furgiuele, Republican incumbent, Aiken County Council District 2
  • Debra Larke, Democrat, Aiken County Council District 2
  • Sandy Haskell, Republican incumbent, Aiken County Council District 5
  • Juanita Hall, Democrat, Aiken County Council District 5
  • Bart Blackwell, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 81
  • Elise Fox, Democrat, S.C. House District 81
  • Bill Hixon, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 83
  • David Weikle, Libertarian, S.C. House District 83
  • Ronnie Young, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 84
  • Jennifer Cook Lariscey, Democrat, S.C. House District 84
  • Sean Carrigan, Democrat, 2nd Congressional District of South Carolina
  • Levi Green, incumbent, Aiken County School Board District 2
  • Jason Crane, Aiken County School Board District 2
  • Wesley Hightower, incumbent, Aiken County School Board District 3
  • Brian Silas, Aiken County School Board District 3
  • Dwight Smith, Aiken County School Board District 6
  • Rosemary English, incumbent, Aiken County School Board District 7
  • Kathy Rawls, incumbent, Aiken County Council District 1
  • Bill Clyburn, Democrat incumbent, S.C. House District 82
  • Bill Taylor, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 86

For more information, call the Aiken Standard, 803-648-2311, or Harris directly, 803-644-2364.

Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 Midterm Political Forum

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2

WHERE: Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.

COST: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 803-648-2311

Colin Demarest is the government and Savannah River Site reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @demarest_colin