Press collecting questions for forum with GOP candidates | Local events

The Johnson City Press is responding to email questions asking candidates for the May 3 primary ballot who are participating in a forum the paper is hosting on Thursday.

Readers with questions for the Republican candidates for mayor, county clerk and Washington County sheriff should email them to Press News editor Nathan Baker at [email protected] Baker is moderating the Q&A, which will be held in the auditorium of the historic Jonesborough Visitor Center, 117 Boone St., from 6-9 p.m.

The three-hour forum, which will be broadcast live on, will be split into three segments, beginning at 6 p.m. with the two Republicans (Danny Edens and Cheryl Storey) running for county clerk.

At 7 p.m., the county mayoral candidates (Joe Grandy and Robbie Tester) will take the stage before the three sheriff candidates (Leighta Laitinen, Keith Sexton and Michael Templeton) begin answering questions at 8 p.m.

Candidates will be invited to address their answers and remarks only to the moderator. No exchange will be authorized between candidates.

Questions will be selected by Johnson City Press editors. Each candidate will have the opportunity to answer the same questions within the allotted 3 minutes.

The press will provide a box with index cards at the beginning of the forum for audience members to note questions that may be asked of all contestants.

The Republican primary winners for county clerk and sheriff have no opponents in the Aug. 4 general election ballot. However, the winner of the May 3 Republican race for mayor of the county will face a challenge from independent candidate James W. Reeves in August.

The early voting period for the May 3 primary is from April 13 to April 28. Tennessee residents have until April 4 to register to vote in the election.

Jennifer C. Burleigh