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As candidates for two Newton County seats open in the 2016 General Primary Runoff Elections answered questions during a forum at the Newton County Historic Courthouse Thursday, infrastructure was the common theme among the three candidates in attendance.

The Newton County Republican and Democrat parties, along with SmartGrowth Newton County, hosted the forum, co-sponsored by The Covington News and the Newton Citizen, just days ahead of the early voting period for the runoff, and a few weeks before the July 26 election.

Board of Commissioners District 5 candidates Ronnie Cowan and Jared Rutberg, both Republicans, shared their ideas for commissioner and Chair candidate Phil Johnson, a Democrat, told the crowd why he would be a good choice to lead the BOC. Johnson’s opponent, Marcello Banes did not attend the event.  Read More Covnews

Questions 1-6

Questions 7-11

Questions 12-15

Questions 16-21

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