candidate forum

The Laurens County Tea Party will host a county council candidate forum on Thursday, May 17 at 7pm at the Family YMCA of Greater Laurens.

All candidates for Districts 1 and 5 were invited to the forum, according to Laurens County Tea Party President Dianne Belsom.

In District 1, Ted Nash is the incumbent and he is not seeking re-election. Adam Howell, Susan Thackston, Ryan Thorne and Kemp Younts are running for the District 1 seat. Howell and Thorne are confirmed to attend the forum.

In District 5, Keith Tollison is the incumbent and he is seeking re-election. Jeffrey Carroll and Dale Mitchell are running against Tollison for the District 5 seat. Carroll and Mitchell are confirmed to attend the forum.

Questions can be submitted via email to Each candidate will have five minutes to speak and five minutes for questions. Questions will be asked by a moderator.

The event will also be live-streamed on the Laurens County Tea Party Facebook page.