Candidate forum Wednesday

LONG BEACH -- South Mississippi voters can learn more about gubernatorial candidates Wednesday night at a forum at the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach.

Coast Young Professionals, in association with the Sun Herald, WLOX, the Gulf Coast Business Council and USM-Gulf Park, is presenting a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. at USM’s Fleming Education Center.

“We look forward to putting on an informative program for voters,” said Stopher Haug, chair of policy and government for CYP. “It’s really important for the state of Mississipi to make the right choice in this election.”

At least nine of the 11 candidates seeking the office have confirmed they’ll attend the forum. One frontrunner, Republican Phil Bryant, has declined because of a scheduling conflict.

Those planning to attend are: Democrats Bill Compton, Johnny DuPree, Bill Luckett and Guy Dale Shaw; Independent William Oatis; Reform candidate Shawn O’Hara and Republicans Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams.

A panel will ask the candidates questions, which the public can submit, in advance, to The deadline for questions is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

-- Geoff Pender/political editor