Forums to test Executive, Senate contenders

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Salisbury Committee and Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University will host two forums for candidates for Wicomico County Executive and Maryland State Senate for District 38.

The events will be in the Wicomico Room in the Guerrieri Student Union at Salisbury University.

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, incumbent County Executive Bob Culver, a Republican, will face Democrat John Hamilton and Independent Jack Heath.

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 16, Democratic State Senator Jim Mathias will debate Republican Maryland Delegate Mary Beth Carozza.

Forums are free and open to the public.

Those attending will hear candidates address topics such as investment in education, the status of the Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Airport and the Port of Salisbury, public safety and the opioid crisis.

Bill Chambers, Chamber President and CEO, said the first forum will be a significant indicator of what is in store for the county.

“The next four years in Wicomico County will be challenging years for the winner of the County Executive race. Education, the county economy, and affordable housing are just a few key issues that will require stout leadership.”

Concerning the second forum, Chambers said the election will hold major sway on the welfare of Delmarva.

“The Senate race between incumbent Senator Mathias and his challenger Delegate Carozza has significant importance to the shore and our shore communities,” he said.

Mike Dunn, President and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee, said collaboration between the three hosting entities was a vital resource for community members.

“GSC is proud to collaborate with our partners at SACC and PACE for these important election forums.

“These two races have generated tremendous interest in our area. We thought that our three organizations could provide the voting public with a good opportunity to meet the candidates, see their stands on the issues, and watch them interact in this kind of event,” Dunn said.

He said he is eagerly anticipating the events and believes they will provide “unique avenues for civic engagement.”

“We look forward to asking issue-related questions, and to having our moderator engage in some conversational questions with the candidates. We believe these forums are necessary, and an important way to reinforce the need for positive interaction between the candidates and the voters,” he said.

Free parking will be in the university lot off Dogwood Drive, across from Asbury United Methodist Church. Call the Chamber at 410-749-0144, GSC at 410-742-5161 or PACE at 410-677-5045.


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