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Some commissioners confirm Stump attendance

Only six of nine Pike County Commission candidates have committed so far to attend the 2008 Stump meeting this Thursday night.

Stump 2008, is a public forum sponsored by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, WTBF, Troy Cable/Chanel 52 and The Messenger, which will allow the public a chance to hear their commission candidates speak on local issues.

All of the District 3 commission candidates, Kathleen Forbish, Sherrill Calhoun and incumbent Jimmy Barron, said they will attend.

District 5 incumbent Charlie Harris, District 6 Democrat candidate Oren Fannin and District 4 Republican candidate Brian Floyd said they also plan to attend the meeting.

Floyd and Harris’s opposition, District 4 incumbent Ray Goodson and District 5 opponent Jeffrey Baker said they are not yet certain whether they will attend.

The only commission candidate who has said for sure she will not attend is District 6 Republican candidate Karen Berry.

“I have a school safety meeting in Birmingham so I won’t be able to be there,” said Berry, who also works for the Pike County School Board. “I wouldn’t mind, but I’ll be at a required meeting.”

Also attending will be state Rep. Jay Love, seeking the seat for 2nd Congressional District.

His opponent Bobby Bright will be represented by his wife, Retired Judge Lynn Bright, of Montgomery.

The meeting will be held at Swindall’s RV Park at 7 p.m. Thursday night, and all the public is invited to attend.