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NAACP to host rally for candidates

Local candidates who will be on the ballot for the general election are invited by the Brookhaven/Lincoln County branch of the NAACP to participate in a political rally Saturday.

The rally is hosted by Chapter No. 5268 to give the public a chance to meet the candidates before the election, said Chapter President Bernetta Character.

It will begin at 5 p.m. at the Alexander Teen Center at 456 Roger St. All candidates on the district and county level are asked to participate.

“Community people are welcome to come out and meet and ask the candidates questions. Find out what their platforms are,” she said.

Candidates will have 15 minutes to speak followed by five minutes of questions from three moderators chosen by Character — Curtis Oliver, Rev. Rico Cain and Josephine Byrd.

The floor will then be open for questions from the public, she said.

Candidates will be able to set up a table at the event.

The length of the rally will be determined by the number of candidates participating, she said.

Character is hopeful there will be good participation from both the candidates and the public.

“It’s so people can find out what the candidates are running for,” she said. “This gives the Lincoln County people a chance to see who the candidates are. The candidates can speak for themselves and tell them what there platforms are.”

No concessions will be sold at the event. Some seating will be available. Character encourages individuals to bring their own chair if possible.

Candidates should call Character at 601-757-8094 to reserve a spot in the lineup.