Special Election Candidates Participate in House Town Hall | News

In what Sussex Chamber of Commerce chairman Jesse Hellyer described as a “busy event”, the two candidates vying for the vacant seat on the Waverly Voting District Board of Supervisors were given the opportunity to meet with voters in their district on Thursday, January 27.

At the town hall-style debate sponsored by the chamber and held at the Jessica A. Moore Foundation, candidates Alfred G. Futrell and Sonda Parham Johnson were available to meet their potential voters beginning with a 5:30 p.m.

For 30 minutes, participants who resided in the Waverly electoral district could chat with the candidates and submit written questions to be asked of them.

During the second part of the evening, House Deputy Speaker Dr. Phyllis Tolliver read the questions to the candidates and gave them an opportunity to respond.

“We decided this was an important election, and the Chamber of Commerce wanted to host an event where voters in the Waverly electoral district would have the opportunity to meet potential board members,” Hellyer said afterwards, saying that residents of the Blackwater Districts were not eligible to ask questions during the debate, nor will they be able to vote in the special election, as it is only for the seat of the Waverly polling district.

“We have to stay apolitical as a House,” Hellyer said, “that’s why we set it up the way we did – to make it thorough, impersonal and fair. The questions were varied and both candidates had ample opportunity to address their potential voters and we were very pleased with the results of the event.

The special election for the Waverly District Board of Supervisors will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

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