The League of Women Voters of Bay County hosted a municipal candidate forum in advance of the election, concerning the Parker city council.
The forum gave the opportunity for locals to meet the candidates and hear their stance on issues.
The candidates were questioned on many different topics important to the communtiy, with the main focus being of course hurricane recovery.
Parker city council seat 2 incumbent Ron Chaple and candidate Tonya Barrow did just that, addressing the city’s future.
“We lost a lot of businesses, their buildings were torn down, some of them said they’re not going to rebuild. Hopefully we can get them to take a second look at Parker and come back and maybe rebuild,“ noted Chaple.
“The next few years will be difficult financially, but working with the mayor and council members to bring back our businesses here is a start. My goal is to build Parker back up and make it better than it was before,“ in a statement on behalf of the candidate as Barrow was unable to attend.
Seat 4 candidate Ken Thomas and incumbent Stacie Galbreath were also there to emphasize the need for new business.
“A combination of housing, the services that the city needs to provide and then getting businesses back, and some new businesses into the areas that have been decimated. I think those are the three keys to really recovering fully,“ explained Thomas.
“I think it’s vital that we bring more businesses into the area and development into the areas that are not currently developed. It brings revenue to the city, it brings families to the city and it will help us get the community back involved,“ emphasized Galbreath.
Candidates for the Lynn Haven city commission seats 1 and 2 will be taking part in the forum at the Lynn Haven Elementary school auditorium beginning at 6 pm on March 28.
Municipal Super Tuesday is on April 16.