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2nd Rutledge Town Hall allows citizens to question candidates

Mayor Steve Phillips of Rutledge held a second town hall preceding the June 5 election last Thursday.

Phillips said he invited all candidates to the meeting, and Crenshaw citizens were able to hear from and question the candidates face-to-face.

Local candidates included Sheriff candidates Ronnie White and eventual winner of the Republican primary, Terry Mears, eventual winner of District 2 commission Republican primary Robert “Bo” Mount and House District 90 Democratic candidate Joanne Whetstone.

Also present was the wife of House district 2 Republican candidate Bobby Bright, Lynn Clardy Bright, and Democratic District 2 candidate Tabitha Isner.

After brief speeches from candidates, moderator Jeff Adams drew questions written by citizens from a box and posed them to each candidate.

Questions included plans for changes to the county jail including various kinds of work release programs, questions about the qualifications of each sheriff candidate, and law enforcement protocol for dealing with people with special needs.

Mount, who has centered his platform around lessening the pay of Crenshaw County commissioners, fielded questions about that issue and others, including the state of the many dirt roads in the county.

After the initial section, the floor was opened up for questions directly from citizens.

Topics included the unsolved murders in Crenshaw, the state of the county jail, and law enforcement patrols in areas such as Rutledge.

Phillips said he plans on holding another town hall before the run-off for 2nd Congressional District Republican primary.