List of candidates attending SCI candidate forum on April 12; Studio audience tickets now on sale

April 11, 2022

Studio audience tickets are now on sale for the Smith County Insider Candidate Forum that is set to take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. This event is co-hosted by Smith County Insider and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

The Candidate Forum will be live streamed on Smith County Insider’s Facebook page beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening April 12 and will be FREE to watch. The forum will not be open to the general public to attend in person, but there will be limited studio audience seating available. Tickets for the studio audience seating are available for purchase, proceeds will benefit the Smith County Chamber of Commerce with tourism projects in Smith County. Tickets are now available for purchase at this link. 

Below is a list of the candidates that have signed up to come and speak as of April 11, 2022:

Criminal Court Judge – Brody Kane

District Attorney – Jason Lawson

County Mayor – Arthur (Art) Shady and Jeff Mason

County Commission (District 1) – Helen Vose

County Commission (District 4) – Matthew J. Inyart

County Commission (District 5) – Danny Irizarry, Eddie Stout, and Blake Richmond

County Commission (District 6) – Justin Mauldin

County Commission (District 7) – Connor David McDonald

Trustee – Jackie Gentry, Craig Williams and Julie Wright

General Sessions Judge – Branden Bellar

Sheriff – Scott Moore and Steve Hopper

County Clerk – Clifa Norris

Road Superintendent – Mickey Barrett

School Board (District 3) – Stephanie Winfree

Each candidate will have the 3-5 minutes to speak (depending on the number of participants.)

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