Smith & Flowers Speak to Young Professionals

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

“What are your thoughts on property tax increase because the money has got to come to pay for, whether it is charter schools or more programs or magnet schools or whatever?”

"The biggest thing in my mind, holding us back in terms of education is the AEA."

"How does each of you plan to deal with the economic strains that are coming to Alabama with no increase in taxes, no increase in property tax or anything else?"

Dothan Area Young Professionals took advantage of an open floor, as Senator Harri Anne Smith and George Flowers answered questions about pressing issues in the Wiregrass.

"It's been interesting, I guess a little controversy at times, so it's a lot to keep up with," said Doug Cowert, a member of Dothan Area Young Professionals.

Even with the heated topic of bingo and recent indictments most of Thursday’s questions were centered on education and taxes.

Some voters would have liked to hear more about controversial issues.

“From what I heard there was going to be a lot of one sided questions and I think asking questions that would be pertinent to both candidates kind of held some people back," said Brandon Shoupe, a member of Dothan Area Young Professionals.

As for the two candidates vying for your vote Thursday's forum may be their last chance to sway voters.

“I’ve been out there I know what people, I feel what people are thinking and what they're thinking and that's the kind of person I think you want representing you," said George Flowers.

“I think what we need to bring to Montgomery is peace, we need to form a group to have a coalition to work together to solve problems and put partisan politics aside,” rebutted Senator Harri Anne Smith.

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  • by GoodLookingN Location: Daleville on Oct 22, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    I'm glad to see we are getting some election coverage news on the candidates as we lead up to voting in the next week and a half. Just disappointed that WTVY didn't air any of the candidates responses to the various questions. A one-liner out of context for each candidate doesn't do much for the viewer/voter. So we don't know where Flowers and Smith stand or for what on the issues. This was a "C-" report!
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      by Jason Wright on Oct 22, 2010 at 08:51 AM in reply to GoodLookingN
      We will have a candidate profile on both of the candidates on the 29th. We asked each person the same 7 questions and we will air the interviews in their entirety.
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