The Bell Shoals Church Issues Team will host its 23rd Annual Candidate Forum on Friday, August 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the church on Brandon. Area residents are encouraged to attend and learn where candidates stand on issues.

Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon will host its 23rd Annual Candidate Forum on Friday, August 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. The forum is free and open to the public. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

The Candidate Forum is hosted by Bell Shoals Baptist Church Issues Team, a group of volunteers.
Candidates seeking to represent the area are invited to attend. Approximately 60 candidates are expected to attend including those candidates for School Board, County Commission, State House and Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Senate as well as candidates for State Executive office.

Candidates are invited regardless of their party affiliation. The forum was started as a way to encourage residents to become better informed on issues and to learn more about the individuals who want to represent the interests of the residents of the greater Brandon area.

The general public will have an opportunity to meet face to face with the candidates beginning at 5:30 p.m. At approximately 7 p.m. the candidates will gather together and each will have several minutes to let the community know where they stand in important issues facing all of us.

“We host this non-partisan event as a way for Christians throughout Hillsborough County to know where political candidates stand on issues that matter to them. We will get bombarded with a variety of advertising messages during this campaign season. But this is a unique opportunity for the voter and the candidate to have unfiltered, one-on-one conversations. This event always has a great community turnout, and we are anticipating a late gathering again this year,” said Dr. Stephen Rummage, senior pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church.

In addition to the candidates, employees from the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office will be on hand to give information and to answer questions about voter registration. Please note that Florida is a closed primary state, and if you plan to vote in the primary set for Tuesday, August 28, you must be registered by July 30.

For more information on the 23rd Annual Candidate Forum, please visit www.bellshoals.com.