SAVE THE DATE: Carthage Mayoral Debate and Candidate forum set for October 17

September 10, 2022

Smith County Insider is partnering with the Smith County High School Journalism Class and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce to host a candidate forum and Carthage mayoral debate on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 6:00pm. 

The event will take place at the Smith County High School auditorium and will be moderated and led by JR Smith and students from his journalism class.  

All candidates that will appear on the November 8, 2022 ballot are invited to attend and participate, including candidates for Governor, US House, TN Senate, TN House, Carthage Mayor, Carthage Alderman, and Gordonsville Alderman. Each candidate will have the opportunity to speak for 3-5 minutes (time limit will depend on how many candidates participate). Candidates for Mayor of Carthage will be allowed to participate in a “debate” type question and answer session, where questions will be asked by a moderator. The questions will be drafted by students in the SCHS Journalism class. The format of the debate will be similar to the 2018 Smith County Mayoral Debate.

There is NO COST for candidates to come speak, but we would suggest that all attendees contribute a $10 or more donation to the SCHS Journalism class.

The forum will be streamed LIVE on Smith County Insider’s Facebook page and viewers will be able to watch for free.

All candidates were invited via mailed letter on August 29 and they will receive a second invitation in the coming weeks. A list of confirmed candidates will be published at a later date.

If you are a candidate and would like to participate, please RSVP no later than October 15 by sending an email to