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Giles NAACP to Elect Officers

Members of the Giles County Branch of the NAACP will be electing officers to serve for the next two years.

Secretary Jerome Arnell outlined procedures on how the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wanted branch elections conducted.

In an update on his campaign, Wayne Steele, running against incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Desjarlais in the Fourth District, talked about campaigning in the 22 counties in the district.

Giles County, which had been in the Fifth District represented by Mark Green. has been moved to the Fourth District, due to redistricting.

One way to help his campaign would be to link it with education, he said.

“We could have signs of Steele for public education across the district,” he said.

Steele said he was not impressed with the organization of the Three Star Dinner, a state Democratic Party fundraiser in late August.

Steele and DesJarlais are the most prominent candidates in the Fourth Congressional District.

Other independent candidates include: Tharon Chandler, independent, Lawrenceburg; Clyde Benson, Huntland; David Leighton Jones, Estill Springs; Joseph "Krishnadas" Magyer, independent, Shelbyville; Mike Winton, Tullahoma.

In other business:

• Annual membership in the Giles County Chapter of the NAACP costs about $30, local leaders reported.

• Joseph Sutton, branch president and a county commissioner, usually reminds spectators that anyone can attend county commission and city council meetings.

Sutton also gives monthly updates on the Giles County School System, which he said continues to look for staff members at many positions.

• Hardin Franklin, a Pulaski City Councilman and NAACP member, has said that the Giles County Democrats and also the local NAACP branch need to let the public know the political parties’ and group’s positions on issues.

The Giles County NAACP will sponsor a forum for candidates running for Pulaski Mayor three Pulaski City Council positions at 6 p.m.. Sept. 29.

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