Candidate forum slated Tuesday


The Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP and W. Harold Flowers Law Society will host a candidate forum Tuesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Retired Judge Marion Humphrey will be the moderator.

All candidates seeking the positions of state representative District 16 and Jefferson County Circuit judge have confirmed their participation, according to a spokesman.

Candidates include:

• Circuit Judge Division 3 — Incumbent Judge Bill Benton and Mac Norton

• Circuit Judge Division 5 — Incumbent Judge Jodi Dennis and Luther Sutter

• State Representative District 16 contenders — Ken Ferguson, Win Trafford and Efrem Elliott.

The purpose of the forum is to give candidates the opportunity to express their views openly so residents may understand their positions and make informed voting choices, a spokesman said.

After opening statements by the candidates, the moderator will ask the candidates a series of questions. Candidates will also be allowed to make closing statements.

The public is invited to attend.