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Election 2017: Clermont to hold candidates forum Tuesday

Clermont voters get their first and perhaps only opportunity Tuesday night to size up the two candidates running for mayor and two others seeking the Ward 4 Town Council seat.

Voters will get a chance to ask questions of incumbent Mayor James Nix and his rival, Steve Reeves, as well as James Castleberry Jr. and Donna Reeves, who are contesting the council seat. Steve and Donna Reeves are married.

The forum will take place at the Chattahoochee Center at 639 Main St. and is set to start at 7 p.m.

Clermont candidates forum

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Clermont Chattahoochee Center, 639 Main St., Clermont

Nix is seeking a fourth term in office and is being challenged for the first time since being elected in 2005. He said participating in a candidates forum will be a new experience for him.

“I don’t know what to expect or what kind of questions are going to be asked,” Nix said.
Steve Reeves is making his first run at public office since moving to Clermont from Oakwood in 1996. He said Monday he’s yet to meet the mayor and is looking forward to doing so at the forum.

“All I know is that a moderator will ask questions of the candidates taken from those who attend,” Reeves said. “Other than that, I don’t know what to expect.”

Reeves said he’s not sure what kind of questions he’ll have to field, but expects that voters probably will want to know what he has in mind to improve the city and what he sees in the future for the town.

“All you can really do is plan for those kind of questions,” he added.

Castleberry, who is also making his first run at public office, admitted he’ll likely have a few butterflies.

“I enjoy people and look forward to it,” Castleberry said. “I’ll answer anything that’s asked of me honestly. Whether I’m elected or not does doesn’t matter. It’s what the people want. I am a citizen just like them. I want what’s best for Clermont.”

Donna Reeves ran for council in Clermont in 2011 and came in second in a close race to fill the seat left by her son Albert Reeves, who is seeking a Gainesville City Council seat this year.

Clermont Town Clerk Sandra Helton said that voter turnout in town elections is usually around 100 people and she hopes that close to that number will attend the forum.

Election Day is Nov. 7. Early voting began Oct. 16.

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