The Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce and KNET 95.7 FM/1450 AM will host a political forum Thursday for the general public.
The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ben E. Keith Community Room, located at 2019 W. Oak St. in Palestine.
Candidates in the five local contested political races for the March 4 primary election have been notified and are expected to participate.
Candidates will include county judge candidates Robert D. Johnston (incumbent) and James W. Westley; criminal district attorney candidates Doug Lowe (incumbent) and Allyson Mitchell; district clerk candidates Janice Staples (incumbent) and Sue Sessions; county clerk candidates Mark C. Staples and Misty Cross; and county treasurer candidates Rafael Hernandez and Tara Lambright Holliday.
Those in attendance will be able to submit questions prior to the Q&A session. Questions will be selected from the pool and presented by the moderator.
The event will be broadcast live on KNET 95.7 FM/1450 AM, online at www.youreasttexas.com on the KNET channel and on the TLC Radio app.
Early voting started Tuesday and will continue through Feb. 28, with Anderson County residents set to decide five local races, and several state and local races, based on party affiliation.
Early voting will be conducted at one main polling location, the Anderson County Courthouse Annex, located at 703 N. Mallard St., Suite 103A. Early voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, Feb. 19-21; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb 22; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 24-26; and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28.