Chamber of commerce president Charles Carr announced last week that Republican gubernatorial finalists Bradley Byrne and Dr. Robert Bentley will meet in a political forum at the next chamber breakfast on Wednesday, June 23. Byrne and Bentley are expected to contend in a July 13 runoff for the Republican nomination for governor of Alabama. Byrne led Bentley in the primary election by about 14,000 votes, out of over 490,000 votes cast statewide.
“This will give Blount Countians an unprecedented opportunity to directly compare the message and qualifications of the candidates,” Carr said.“This is a critical time on the stage of state government and our citizens will have a front row seat, with a chance to participate in shaping the debate through their questions.”
The program will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Twin Oaks, and will be sponsored by Otelco. Carr advised citizens to come early since normal chamber business will be suspended in order for the forum to begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. The public is invited.