Scottsboro Candidate Forum 2018

Candidates for Scottsboro City Council and Scottsboro City Schools Board of Education will offer comments and respond to questions at a candidate forum on Tuesday, August 21 at Scottsboro High School. The forum will be broadcast on WWIC Radio, SEPB Ch. 10 and covered in-depth by Jackson County Sentinel.

Public invited to submit questions

Eight candidates in this month’s Scottsboro municipal election will have an opportunity to speak and respond to the public’s questions regarding local issues in a political forum next week.

The forum, hosted by Jackson County Sentinel and WWIC Radio will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Scottsboro High School’s small auditorium, beginning at 6 p.m. Scottsboro Electric Power Board will record and broadcast the forum on Channel 10.

“This is a great time to learn more about the candidates and get their thoughts about topics that are important to the growth and future of Scottsboro,” said Greg Bell, owner of WWIC Radio.

Scottsboro’s municipal election, set for Aug. 28, will include three city council seats and one school board seat. All seats are contested.

Of the three council seats, only one incumbent, Gary Stewart, is seeking re-election. For Place 5, Stewart will face Morris Necklaus.

Current council members Keith Smith, who has served three terms, and council president Tony Wallingsford, are not seeking re-election.

Current Jackson County Commission Chairman Mike Ashburn will face Emily Bradford for Place 3.

Mark Marshall and Richard “Pudge” Bailey will face off for Place 4 on Scottsboro City Council

For Place 1 of the Scottsboro City Board of Education, Mitzi C. Gattis is challenging Lee Benson.

Current school board member Hollie Thompson is not seeking re-election.

Prior to questioning each candidate will have an opportunity for opening statements, using this time to express the reason for their interest in public office and their platform.

The candidates will then be presented a series of four questions. The questions will differ by seat for which the candidates are running–candidates vying for the same seat will respond to the same question.

Each candidate will then conclude with closing remarks to reiterate points made, or to touch on topics not covered during questioning.

The public is not only invited to attend, but also encouraged to submit potential questions to be asked of the candidates. Questions can be submitted to the Sentinel by emailing There is also a post pinned on the Sentinel’s Facebook page soliciting questions. Voters may comment on the post with their questions for consideration as well.

“These candidates, by putting their names on the ballot, show a passion and interest in the workings of both the Scottsboro school system and the operations and growth of the city of Scottsboro,” said Bell. “I think it is important that we join them in that interest, by attending, listening and viewing the forum.”

“We at the Sentinel would like to extend a special thank you to Greg Bell at WWIC Radio, Vicki Watts and Scottsboro Electric Power Board and Principal Dudley at Scottsboro High School for helping to organize and produce this forum,” said Brandon Cox, editor and publisher of the Sentinel. “Many thanks also to the candidates for their interest in public service and the continued improvement of our community.”

The forum will be carried live on WWIC Radio and SEPB Channel 10. Rebroadcasts are expected, and further coverage will be available in next Thursday’s edition Sentinel and online at

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