It was an old-time “ice cream social,” where local politicians stumped for their offices and constituents had the chance to talk personally with potential and hopeful representatives.
On June 19, 22 political – state, county and city – hopefuls converged at EMTAR’s “meet the politicians” venue at Charlie Daniels Park. And ice cream was essential because it was one of the hottest days of the year.
However, the heat did not thwart the number of attendees, about 150, according to co-organizer Kathy O’Brien-Streets of Keller Williams Realty. Coldwell Banker Barnes’ Judy Hughes also helped get the politicians to the event.
“Being an election year, we wanted to help our community have the opportunity to get to know the candidates they are able to vote for,” said Streets. “On behalf of EMTAR’s Governmental Affairs Committee, we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for the community to meet the candidates and for them to get to know their position on topics that are important to them. “
The election is Aug. 7 and early voting in Wilson County starts July 18 and ends Aug. 2.
Each candidate got 60 seconds to stump on the stage.
“Which was good, because it was so hot,” Streets said. “They were concise and got their message across.”
Overall, Streets said it was a worthy event.
“Those of us in the realtor business get asked every day about our thoughts on local politicians,” she said. “It’s important we stay abreast of things and share it.”
Some of the more popular attendee “stops” at the social were county commission and circuit court judgeship candidates and county court clerk hopefuls.