The Meet and Greet is an effort of the club’s Get Out the Vote Committee, one that has been an annual tradition for the past 22 years.
Those seeking election to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education, Senate, House of Representatives, magistrate, state, superior and probate courts, clerk of superior court, tax commissioner, district attorney and Congress are invited.
Since qualifying does not end until Friday, those featured at the forum will be confirmed at a later date.
“We do a [meet and greet] every year,” said Frances Meaders, a member of Peachtree City’s Rotary Club. “They are different each year because of how elections are staggered with the city and county government.”
Meaders has been a part of the meet and greet since the event’s inception.
The number of candidates featured depends on whether the particular year is a city or county election.
This year, Meaders said they will “probably have 20 or 25, maybe more” that qualify and want to participate.
A town hall format is not used for the meet and greet. Instead, each candidate has four minutes to speak about their platform. Following each candidate’s speaking turns, residents will be able to walk around the conference center and ask questions one-on-one.
Rotary Club president Joel Norris said this forum is important for residents to attend.
“The community needs the opportunity to meet and discuss with the candidates the issues that are important to them,” he said. “It [also] allows the community to gather in a meeting sponsored by a non-partisan organization.”
Norris said the forum will also be a place for the candidates to unapologetically represent themselves.
“Our purpose is to give all the candidates an opportunity to express their views in a setting that brings the people of the community face-to-face with those who wish to represent them. This meeting allows the voter to see the candidates unfiltered.”
Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center is at 2443 Highway 54 West in Peachtree City.