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HD6 GOP candidates to face off at final forum before primary

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joebelanger @envatoelements

Two candidates vying to represent Bay County voters in the Florida House will make their case to voters tonight during their last forum before the primary election.

The League of Women Voters of Bay County is hosting the forum at Gulf Coast State College between 6 - 8 p.m. central time. The forum will also include candidates running for the local school board. The debate will stream live online via Gulf Coast State College TV.

Both candidates running to represent House District 6 are Republicans. Political newcomer Brian Clowdus is campaigning on his work ethic and a promise to put his constituents first if elected. County Commissioner Griff Griffitts is also running to represent the district. He’s campaigning on his record of experience in public service, which includes serving in local government during and after Hurricane Michael.

Primary Election Day is on Aug. 23. Early voting in Bay County begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The race is open to all of the county’s voters, including Democrats, independents, and third-party voters, because only Republicans are running for the seat that was left open by Rep. Jay Trumbull.

Bay County Young Democrats President Matthew Bays says he’s still undecided and wants to hear more from the candidates. “We’re more focused on who would be the best candidate for the environment, for gay and lesbian rights, free and fair elections.”

House District 6 covers the entirety of Bay County.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.