A Round of CLOPAC Political Forums Soon to Come
The political action group, CLOPAC, is scheduling a round of political forums to be held near the end of the month at the municipal complex. CLOPAC was formed several years ago to inform and educate voters on the various political candidtaes running for public office locally. They send out questionares to all candidates asking for information and also ask for $100 from each candidate. I’ll have more on CLOPAC in next weeks Packet and will provide the dates of their forums.
District 39 State Representative Jeff Smith Garners NRA Endorsement
The area’s newest Republican state representative has won endorsement from the coveted National Rifle Association. Jeff Smith was informed by a letter from the NRA of the endorsement this week. The endorsement letter reads as follows:
Dear Representative Smith,
On behalf of NRA’s Political Victory Fund and our members in Mississippi House District 39, I am pleased to announce your A+ rating and endorsement for the 2011 primary election. Your rating and endorsement are based on your positive responses to our NRA-PVF candidate questionaire and your strong record of support for Second Amendment issues in the Mississippi Legislature. Both your rating and endorsement will be posted on the the NRA-PVF’s website at www.nrapvf.org and communicated to NRA members prior to the August Primary election.Please feel free to communicate your rating and endorsement to voters in the district. Best of luck with your campaign.
It was signed by Tara Reilly Mica, who listed as her position NRA-ILA State Liaison.
Representative Smith has been invited to speak at a Republican function in Southaven today (Thursday). Smith said he is humbled by the invitation, which will include governor candidate Phil Bryant and many other statewide candidates. Smith is the only potential Speaker candidate that was invited to speak at the function.
League of Voters ‘Meet The Candidates’ Forum at Municipal Complex is Well Attended
A report on the Columbus-Lowndes County League of Voters ‘Meet The Candidates’ forum is printed elsewhere in this copy of The Packet (part of the report is printed this week, the rest will be included next week. RW). The forum was very well attended, considering that the Columbus Municipal Complex was near-capacity (300), though the majority was clearly family and friends and supporters of the 23 candidates who participated. I would have liked to seen a question and answer session and many in the crowd felt the same way.
I was speaking with WCBI’s Steve Rogers later that same evening at the Sounds of Summer concert at Riverside Park. He echoed what we both felt was a lack of substance to this particular forum. To hear 23 candidates get up and speak about themselves – though it could be somewhat informative to voters who didn’t know some of the individual candidates – is basically nothing more than a free chance for those candidates to tell you of their accomplishments and experience.
Future political forums need, i’m hoping, question and answer sessions. And give those candidates a chance to respond to each other.
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com0