Holmes County political forum held

Monty Merchant, incumbent for the Holmes County Board of Commissioners' District 2 seat answers

Monty Merchant, incumbent for the Holmes County Board of Commissioners' District 2 seat answers questions at the recent political forum as candidates for the school board's District 1, 3, and 5 seats look on.

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 15:35 PM.

WESTVILLE - West Pittman Baptist Church hosted the first in a series of local political forums Saturday, July 5.

About 20 local residents came out for the opportunity to ask questions of candidates for the school board's District 1, 3 and 5 seats and candidates for the District 2 Holmes County Board of Commissioners (HCBCC) seat.

Candidates in attendance were school board candidates for District 5, incumbent Sid Johnson and challenger Drew Kriser; District 2 incumbent Jason Motley; District 1 incumbent Rusty Williams (unopposed), and District 2 HCBOCC incumbent, Monty Merchant. Merchant's challenger, Mickey Locke, did not respond to the church's invitation, and District 2 school board challenger, Alan Justice, sent his regrets that he was out of town on the day of the forum.

Moderating the event was West Pittman Baptist Church Pastor Eddie Eaton, who asked candidates to introduce themselves before beginning the question and answer session by asking about each candidate's spiritual beliefs.

All proclaimed Christain faith, and school board candidates expressed a desire to promote Creationism in Holmes County schools as opposed to Evolution.

School board candidates also answered questions about Common Core, and all stated they are opposed to students here participating in the program.

"I don't know if anyone understand Common Core, and I definitely oppose it," said Williams. "I want our students to be exposed to the best possible education they can get, and Common Core isn't it."



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