PHOTOS: Creek County Bar Association Candidate Forum has solid turnout, despite increased security
Craig Day acted as the moderator and emcee for the event, asking questions about state revenue, teacher pay and increasing jobs.
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The inaugural Creek County Bar Association Candidate Forum, held on Friday evening at the Collins Ballroom, invited an estimated 75 people or more, to hear from the lineup of candidates running for various offices, including Governor and State Attorney.
There was also an increased security presence, made at the request of gubernatorial candidate Chris Barnett, who is allegedly receiving death threats in response to a lawsuit he’s brought against Tulsa Community College, which is being accused of violating the Open Records Act.
Craig Day, from News On 6, acted as the moderator and emcee for the event, asking questions about state revenue, teacher pay and increasing jobs, which the candidates had about 90 seconds to give their best answer.
Carla Stinnett, of the Creek County Bar Association, said she thought the event went well. “This was about making the Creek County Bar Association relevant to the community,” Stinnett says.
Stinnett and other members of the Bar Association took a lot of initiative during the to raise awareness and voter-count, including not only bringing together the forum, but doing a drive-through voter’s registration.
Their efforts paid off; in just seven days, they registered over 600 new voters.
There will be another candidate forum for additional positions, including judges and other offices to which there are contestants, such as Creek County Treasurer and Creek County Assessor. That one is expected to be held in June and will possibly be during the lunch hour.