Candidates for mayor and city council in Canton will face voters next week in a forum 12 days before the Nov. 5 election.
The forum, co-sponsored by the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and WLJA radio, is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the second floor courtroom of the Historic Cherokee County Courthouse, 100 North St., Canton.
Residents will hear opening and closing statements from candidates, as well as get to ask them questions in writing during the event. Candidates will also be available to talk one-on-one with attendees both before and after the forum.
Former Ward 2 Councilman Bill Grant and longtime Canton resident and retired educator Dwight Pullen are running for mayor. Incumbent Gene Hobgood is not seeking re-election.
In Ward 1, incumbent JoEllen Wilson is being challenged by two challengers, Kathy Strom and Bob Reilly.
In Ward 3 incumbent Farris Yawn is opposed by Brooke Schmidt. And in Ward 2, Shawn Tolan is running unopposed and will take office in January.
City residents started voting in the race on Monday as the early voting period opened at the Cherokee County elections office at 400 E. Main St. Early voting continues from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday through Oct. 25. Advance voting takes place the same hours Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Precinct polls are open on election day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.