GPS Conservatives host 2016 candidates forum in Rock Hill

A local conservative group is hosting a forum for state and local candidates in the 2016 election.

Several candidates have been invited to take part in the forum hosted by GPS Conservatives for Action PAC on March 29.

Three candidates for York County Council will be speaking. Both Republican candidates for District 2 in the Clover/Lake Wylie area, Doug Meyer-Cuno and Allison Love, will speak at the forum. Both are running to replace Councilman Bruce Henderson, who is retiring from the council this year.

Also speaking is former York County Councilman Joe Cox, who is running against Councilman Robert Winkler of York. Cox lost his council seat in 2014 after a GOP primary defeat to Winkler. He previously served on council from 2006 to 2010, when he lost to Eric Winstead then won re-election to another two-year term in 2012.

Winkler will not be able to attend the forum due to a scheduling conflict, according to a GPS email announcing the forum.

Also expected to speak are both candidates for Rock Hill’s S.C. Senate seat, incumbent Wes Hayes and challenger Wes Climer, the former York County GOP chairman; Kevin Tolson, a candidate for York County sheriff running to replace his father-in-law, longtime Sheriff Bruce Bryant; and Mark Palmer, a Republican candidate for Senate District 17 in Fairfield, Chester and York counties.

Each candidate will have 12 minutes to speak and answer questions from the audience.

The GPS forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hill Holiday Inn, 503 Galleria Blvd.

Filing for all state offices opens at noon on March 16 and continues until noon on March 30.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome

Want to go?

What: GPS Conservatives for Action candidate forum

Where: Rock Hill Holiday Inn, 503 Galleria Blvd.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29