Get out and VOTE


Gallatin voters will have a chance to hear from city council candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot this week as early voting gets underway in Sumner County.

The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual City of Gallatin Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 15 in partnership with Volunteer State Community College and Main Street Media of Tennessee, parent company of the Gallatin News.

The event will not be open to the public but will instead be streamed live on the chamber’s Facebook and YouTube pages along with the newspaper’s Facebook page beginning at 6:30 p.m. A replay will also be available once the program concludes.

“This is a great time for voters to get to know their candidates, learn more about them, what they stand for and what they believe in,” Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Baker said about the forum. “It’s important for citizens and business leaders to understand where the candidates stand on issues facing the Gallatin community, so they can make an educated decision when they go to the polls.”

All Gallatin City Council candidates on the ballot next month have been invited to attend. They include District 1 Councilwoman Lynda Bradley Love, District 2 candidate Eileen George, At-Large Councilman Shawn Fennell and At-Large candidates Pascal Jouvence and Robert E. Lea, III.

The program will be moderated by veteran broadcaster Devon O’Day of Main Street Media and will include questions for candidates in the at-large council race from Gallatin News reporter Josh Cross.

Early voting for the presidential, state and municipal elections began Wednesday in Sumner County and goes through Thursday, Oct. 29. The last day to request and mail an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 27. Election Day is Nov. 3.

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