A political forum Sunday will let voters hear from a bevy of candidates one final time before the June 10 primary.
The "Your Voice, Your Vote" event at the Freedom Center in Rock Hill marks the first, and probably last, debate between York County Councilman Curwood Chappell and challenger Ashley Martin.
Chappell and Martin have appeared at a number of forums in recent weeks, but they haven't sparred with each other in an actual debate. They are among 20 candidates running for the County Council in one of the most crowded fields in years.
"The individuals we elect in June and November, those are the people who will have influence over the direction of the state," said Willie Lyles III, director of the Freedom Center. "We need to make sure we send the right ones. These forums give you an opportunity, as George Bush would say, to look into their souls."
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In past elections, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations sponsored candidate forums. This year, the Freedom Center took on the task.
A hot dog cookout and meet-and-greet kick off the festivities starting at 4 p.m., with the debates to begin at 5. The Freedom Center -- at the intersection of East Main Street and Oakland Avenue -- is in the heart of downtown.
• County Council, District 4 (Democrats): Roy Blake, Gwendolyn Conner, William "Bump" Roddey
• County Council, District 5 (Republicans): Curwood Chappell, Ashley Martin
• House District 48 (Republican): Kyle Boyd (Rep. Carl Gullick not attending)
• House District 49 (Democrats): Montrio Belton, John King
• Senate District 17 (Democrats): Rep. Creighton Coleman, Leah Moody, Michael Squirewell
• Senate District 17 (Republicans): Mark Bennett, Joanie Winters