Several local candidates, even those who are running unopposed this year, attended a political forum Tuesday night sponsored by the Colbert Lions Club.
Both candidates for magistrate judge, Greg Sartain and David Patton, were on hand. One of them will be elected May 20 to replace long-time judge Harry Rice, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Sartain addressed the audience first, saying this is his first run for public office, but said he feels he is qualified for the job.
“I have always worked with the public,” Sartain said, pointing out that he is currently a salesman. “I know how to take people one at a time. Everyone deserves a fair shake.”
Sartain said he had one real promise to make to the citizens. “One thing I’ve heard over and over is that when someone is elected they all of a sudden don’t have time for their constituents, and well I intend to remain available to everyone,” he said.
Patton said he has been working hard to earn the job of magistrate judge, and he pointed out that he has campaigned at the fair, parades, festivals and by going door to door.
“I have spent the majority of my adult life in public service,” Patton said, explaining that he began by joining the Colbert Fire Department after high school.