UNION — The five candidates for the two countywide races on the November ballot will face each other and field questions from the public during a debate this evening at USC Union.
Brad Greer, enrollment director, said the three candidates for Union County Sheriff — David Taylor (incumbent), William Jolly and Marshal Adams — and the two candidates for Union County Clerk of Court — Freddie Gault (incumbent) and Melanie Lawson — are scheduled to participate in the debate which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium on the third floor of the Main Building.
The debate, which is being sponsored by the university and WBCU, will be moderated by Dr. Allan Charles, professor of history, who will ask the candidates questions from the public.
Greer, who teachers a government class at USC Union, said Monday there are 15 questions for the candidates for sheriff and eight for the candidates for clerk of court. He said he had the students in his class call people around the county soliciting questions for the candidates. The rest of the questions were submitted to him from the public via email.
If time permits, Greer said the candidates will also field questions from the audience.
Taylor, who was elected sheriff in 2008, is opposed in his bid for a second term by Jolly, who served as sheriff from 1981 to 1993, and by Adams, a former member of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Gault, who has served as clerk of court since 2009, is opposed by Family Court Deputy Clerk Melanie Lawson.
This evening’s debate, which will be carried live by WBCU, is the second debate of candidates for local office held at USC Union.
Last week, the university and WBCU sponsored a debate for the candidates for mayor of the City of Union.
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