SANFORD–A large crowd of voters turned out Thursday evening for a forum featuring candidates for Lee County Commissioner, Lee County Board of Education, and Register of Deeds. After hearing from the candidates, voters were able to question them, and the questions ranged from the Evergreen Audit, conference trips by Board of Education members to economic development. Issues addressed became heated, at times, with Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moss, and one candidate exchanging barbs from the audience to the podium. Dr. Moss suggested that candidates be truthful in their remarks and their answers to questions. On the question concerning expensive trips by school board members, Dr. Lynn Smith assured the voters that he had never accepted a penny from the board during his four years of service. At one point, commissioner candidate Kirk Smith, questioned a video camera set up near the front of the speakers. He wanted to know the owner of the camera. Commissioner Robert Reives, in his role as Parliamentarian, advised Mr. Smith to concern himself with the issues and not the camera. Many candidates for local, district and state posts were in attendance, and introduced. The forum was sponsored by Council For Effective Actions & Decisions (C.E.A.D.). It opened with the Pledge to the Flag, led by Brianna Reives, and an open prayer by Rev. Herman Morris. The next forum, for school board only, will be held April 17 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, hosted by the Sanford Herald.
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