GREENBRIER — The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Greenbrier Public Schools, will present a student-led public forum on at 6:30 p.m. Monday. This event will take place in the new Fine Arts Center auditorium on the high school campus and allow students to interact with a number of local candidates. Following the forum, all in attendance will have a chance to meet and speak with the candidates.
Under the supervision of civics teacher Rebekah Bilderback, the students are researching candidates and preparing questions on a broad range of topics. "Students sometimes feel they are not important in the voting process and government in general. This forum gives them an opportunity to be directly involved in the process and be informed about those who make decisions that affect them," said Bilderback.
Candidates who have confirmed their attendance are:
• US Congress, District 2: Rep. Tim Griffin (R), a representative for Herb Rule (D)
• State House, District 40: Doug House (R), Steven McNeely (D)
• State House, District 67: Rep. Steven Meeks (R), Sam Lane (D)
• State Senate, District 15: Rep. David Sanders (R), Johnny Hoyt (D)
• State Senate, District 35: Sen. Jason Rapert (R), Rep. Linda Tyler (D)
• Faulkner Co. Judge: Marvin Lessman (R), Judge Preston Scroggin (D)
• Faulkner Co. Clerk: Mark Vaught (R), Melinda Reynolds (D)
• Faulkner Co. Tax Collector : Josh Hooten (R), Steve Simon (D)
• Faulkner Co. Sheriff : Andy Shock (R), Tommy Earnhart (D)
• Faulkner Co. Circuit Clerk: Jack Sotallaro (R), Rhonda Wharton (D)
• Justice of the Peace, District 12: Damon Edwards (R)
"As a chamber, we wanted to do something informative and beneficial leading up to the election," said event chair Audreya Parks. "The school is such an important part of our community that involving the students was a natural next step." The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is an organization of individuals and businesses progressively joining together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of our area. The Fine Arts Center is located on the campus of the Greenbrier High School at 72 Green Valley Drive.