Columbia, Tenn. – Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) will hold a community forum on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m., to address questions about the upcoming vote on the proposed Metro charter in Maury County. The forum will be held at the Ledbetter Auditorium, inside the Clement Building, on the campus of Columbia State Community College. The non-partisan event is intended to inform Maury County residents about the proposed move to a metro system and to encourage their participation in the referendum vote to be held on March 6th.
The forum will feature a moderated panel discussion with panelists both for and against a metro system. Community members are encouraged to bring questions to ask the panelists.
Michael Chester, a resident of Columbia and chairperson of SOCM’s Maury County Chapter, said the forum is needed “to educate the people of Maury County that, come March 6th, the most important change in the history of our county will be taking place. And that everyone, regardless of party affiliation, needs to come to the polls and allow their collective voice to decide what is best for the community at-large.”
Despite the lively debate that was broadcasted by the local media, and the campaigns waged by groups in opposition to and support of the Metro charter in recent months, SOCM members have noticed that a significant portion of the citizenry is still unaware of the upcoming vote and its implications. This prompted SOCM to hold this community forum.
“Across the years, we residents of Maury County have lost because we’ve failed to ask questions and be informed,” said SOCM member and Mount Pleasant resident Millicent Black.
All community members are invited to attend.