This past wednesday night, another Milton debate transpired. This time around the event organizer was Beacon Media with host Atlanta National Golf Club.
Moderators were Jonathan Copsey and John Fredricks of The Beacon.
In attendance with Mayor Joe Lockwood were council candidates Joe Longoria, Bill Lusk, and Karen Thurman. Absent were candidates Tina D'Aversa, Al Trevillyan, and Bernard Wolff citing scheduling conflicts.
With a crowd of 25 to 30 citizens in attendance, the protocal called for 90, 60, and 30 second answers.
The first question focused on Mayor Lockwood's support of all three incumbants and his continued faith in D'Aversa. Other issues addressed were sewer vs septic, park land use, as well as the city's financial state.
Bill Lusk, candidate for the district three seat, was pleased with the venue. "It was a pleasure to participate in the Debate sponsored By the Beacon and held at Atlanta National on Wednesday Night last. The questions posed to those serious candidates Who took the time to show up, were the ones that truly are Of concern to our residents," Lusk said, "It is disconcerting to know that Three of the proclaimed candidates chose to Boycott the event. One can only surmise as to their reluctance to expose themselves To the real issues and search for the truth."
District 1 candidate Karen Thurman concured, "I thought the debate was very professionally run. The questions for each candidate were both unbiased and direct. They were also relevant to all of us that live in Milton."
Mayor Lockwood, running unopposed this season, was still invited to participate. "I enjoyed having to opportunity to share my thoughts and visions with our citizens"
The discussion lasted for roughly and hour and half with cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres prior and a cash bar after.