Pictured from right to left: candidates for Accomack County Treasurer Brandy Custis Childress and James Lilliston, candidates for District 4 School Board Connie Burford and Gary Reese, candidates for District 7 School Board TJ Johnson and Janet Martin-Turner, District 5 Supervisor Harrison Phillips and candidates for District 7 Supervisor Jackie Phillips and Miriam ‘Tina’ Riggs.

The Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore held the the first of three candidates forums for this coming November Election.

Tuesday night at Nandua High School, candidates for the Accomack County Board of Supervisors sounded off on a wide range of issues. The candidates present were Harrison Phillips, who is an incumbent for District 5. Phillip’s opponent James Rich was unable to attend. Also present for the Board of Supervisors were Miriam ‘Tina’ Riggs and Jackie Phillips, who are both vying for the District 7 Supervisor Seat.

The three discussed how to attract more industry to Accomack County:

Harris Phillips
Jackie Phillips
Tina Riggs

CBES asked a question about a predicted 22% decline in the Eastern Shore’s population according to the University of Virginia:

Harris Phillips
Jackie Phillips
Tina Riggs

Another question asked was how the County should proceed with expanding broadband:

Harris Phillips
Jackie Phillips
Tina Riggs

How the County should address sea level rise was also a question:

Harris Phillips
Jackie Phillips
Tina Riggs

And the candidates talked about what the County’s role should be in using renewable energy:

Harris Phillips
Jackie Phillips

Also featured were candidates for the Accomack County School Board. Candidates for the District 4 School Board Seat Connie Burford and Gary Reese, and the District 7 seat TJ Johnson and Janet Martin-Turner discussed different ideas on a wide range of topics including restorative justice, how to stop bullying, decreasing chronic absenteeism and more. The full audio from their discussion may be heard here.

The next forum will be tonight at 7 again at Nandua High School featuring the candidates for the state races. WESR will once again attempt to broadcast this forum live on 103.3 FM WESR and will provide the full audio on demand following the forum.

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