Candidates lay out their visions and views during HABCO Primary debate

It was a night for voters to hear what the candidates are all about and how they intend to manage the day-to-day ins and outs of local government and the educational system.

Eight Habersham County Commission candidates and four Board of Education candidates expressed why they would be the better choice during Now Habersham’s 2024 HABCO Primary Debate.

The debate was held at the Demorest Municipal Complex on Thursday night, May 9th. Audience members gathered in person and online to watch as the candidates laid out their visions for the future on issues such as impact fees, smart growth, school safety, and salaries.

At times, the disagreements between candidates were obvious, but every one of them consistently expressed a love for Habersham County and the people who live here. While their opinions may vary, the common thread of the night was a desire to serve.

Now Habersham’s Nora Almazan and Jerry Neace moderated the event in front of a crowd of around 150 potential voters. Thousands more tuned in to the livestream and its recording (above).

Some who attended Thursday night’s debate expressed appreciation for the opportunity to hear the candidates. Many commented that the evening helped them determine who they would vote for.

All of the county commission and school board candidates in Habersham County qualified to run as Republicans. Their names do not appear on the Democratic ballot. Anyone wishing to vote for Habersham County Commission and Board of Education candidates must vote in the Republican primary.

Advance voting is now underway. Primary election day is May 21st.

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