Candidate forum for House District 127 seat

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Voting is underway for a new candidate to take over the house District 127 Seat. The seat was left vacant with the passing of the late House Representative Quincy Murphy earlier this year. While there is still time before the regular election, some community said they want residents, here in our area, to know who their voting for.

The Richmond County NAACP chapter held this forum at Mt. Zion Hill Baptist Church on Thursday evening. Leaders of the group said they are urging people to make informed decisions at the polls.

There are three names are on the ballot: retired educator Diane Evans, Brian Prince, who is retired from the military, and Diane Murphy, a current educator and the widow of Quincy Murphy. The race is non-partisan but all candidates are democrats and the candidate who fills Murphy's seat will serve the remainder of his term, which is a little more than a year.

"We lost a great leader in Quincy Murphy, who represented us well for 17, 18 years and whoever fill this seat is going to have a lot of work cut out for them because he was a man that's well respected at the statehouse," said Dr. Charles Smith, president of the Richmond County chapter of the NAACP.

"Though his widow is running - there's a lot of pressure, there's a lot of stress but there are others equally qualified to fill, that they too can bring something formidable and progressive to the table."

The audience had a chance to ask many questions tonight. Some of those questions dealt with education, the state budget and the economy. NAACP leaders say it's imperative that every vote.

Early voting will continue until November first at the Board of Elections office downtown.

Saturday voting will be on October 26.

Election Day is November 5.