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Voting has begun.

Voters were treated last week to a candidate forum at A.L. Lotts school off Westland Drive.

There voters opened themselves to questions from the public and also touted their résumés.

The next day early voting polls were opened and voting commenced with Election Day still looming Feb. 5.

Voters who are still undecided and have not voted still have an opportunity to meet and quiz candidates en mass one last time before Feb. 5.

The Farragut Community Alliance, a grassroots organization formed on the sidewalk of Ingles grocery in Farragut, has organized a “Candidate Open House” from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Turkey Creek Calhoun’s restaurant, which will “focus on the candidates in which the citizens of the town of Farragut and West Knox County will be voting for in the Feb. 5 Primary Election and earlier during the early voting period. In addition, candidates with no opposition in the primary and are waiting for the General Election, will also participate. This event will have a ‘meet and greet’ atmosphere; there will not be a debate or forum. This event is non-partisan.”

The group’s leader, Bill Johns, who mounted a run for mayor of Farragut, touts the group’s mission as bringing “Farragut citizens, neighborhoods, and organizations together in a collaborative effort to help provide the future vision and plan for the community of Farragut, to prepare Farragut for the future, and to provide leadership and educational programs.”

This Farragut group has done its part. Now it is up to the voters to turn out and vote their minds based on fact, not media endorsements.


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