POLITICAL SIGNS crowd busy intersections throughout Franklin Parish such as the Locust Street and La. Hwy. 4 intersection pictured above in Winnsboro. Races are heating up for the Oct. 12 primary and two forums are scheduled. The first forum will be Sept. 10 at Jack Hammons Community Center, and the second forum is scheduled for Sept. 14 at Holy Spirit Church. Both venues are located in Winnsboro. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

Two local political forums are scheduled for candidates seeking seats during the Oct. 12 primary elections.

A political forum for candidates running for the offices of sheriff, clerk of court, State senator and representative will be held Sept. 10 at Jack Hammons Community Center at 5:30 p.m.

The forum is hosted by Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by Dr. Joshua Stockley, professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Candidates for Franklin Parish Sheriff are Sheriff Kevin Cobb and Madison Eaton Jr., both from Winnsboro.

Candidates for Clerk of Court are Anita Gallagher-Wygal, Matthew Hollis, Karah Lochbrunner and Austin Warner.

Running for state senator are Daniel Cole, Judy Duhon, Steve May and Glen Womack.

Kevin Bates, Tammy Reed, Neil Riser and Marteze Singleton are running for the District 20 house seat.

A second political forum will be held Sept. 14 at Holy Spirit Church located at 3770 Front St. in Winnsboro. That event is hosted by Winnsboro Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The forum will begin at 6 p.m. and each candidate attending will give a three-minute introduction and also answer three questions from the moderator.

The forum is open to all candidates and the public is invited to attend.

In a related matter, early voting is scheduled for Sept. 28 through Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. except Sunday.

The last date to register to vote for the Oct. 12 primary election is Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, a push to register qualified Louisiana voters is being led by Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. 

The week of Sept. 2 through Sept. 6 is being called Voter Registration Week by Ardoin.

“The first step to participating in the electoral process is registering to vote,” Ardoin said. “This fall, Louisianians will choose statewide leaders as well as vote for a host of local and municipal races, constitutional amendments and propositions. Make sure you get registered so you can ‘Geaux Vote on Election Day.’”

Those eligible to vote may register to vote at any Registrar of Voters office, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, Department of Children and Family Services, WIC offices, Medicaid offices or Armed Forces recruitment offices.

Additionally, eligible voters can register to vote online at Geaux Vote Online Registration System.

If registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office, proof of age, residency and identity with a current Louisiana driver’s license, birth certificate or other documentation which sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency are required.

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