Candidate Forum

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

With election day less than two weeks away, it was a chance to hear it straight from the source.

How each candidate in the Waynesboro city council race feels about hot topics facing the River City.

With just two minutes to get their point across, candidates vying for a seat on Waynesboro city council answered questions about the city's downtown, activities for youth, and the future of economic development.
"We need to target market businesses that can come into Waynesboro and offer jobs which people can make a living wage with," says Lorie Smith.

"What we're doing with economic growth is we are fulfilling what we should have done a long time ago is fill up those gaps along Lew Dewitt and the West end," added Reo Hatfield.

And while some were focused on the west end, others offered ways to boost Downtown.

Flooding is always a problem in the river city, so the question was how each candidate would deal with the storm water issues.
"I do know that we have retention pond problems here in Waynesboro that need to be addressed that would alleviate a lot of this," stated Patrick Steele.

"We have pipes in the infrastructure that are not large enough to carry the storm water but we have a plan and the next step is to fund that plan," commented Nancy Dowdy.

"The most significant thing is that i would approve a funding mechanism nothing can happen until you can pay for it," says Dubose Egelston Jr.

The forum was put on by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.
A forum for Staunton city council candidates will be held this coming Monday evening at 7 at Stuart Hall school.

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