Kelly's BBQ in Summerville was packed to standing-room only with 200 attendees for a candidate's forum featuring the GOP run-off candidates for Lt. Governor, Attorney General and First Congressional District. In addition, candidates from several other run-off races from statewide to county offices were in attendance.
Yours truly was moderating the event, keeping the speakers within their alloted time limits (more or less) and then allowing those in the audience to present questions.
This group loves the Q&A part of the events, and for good reason. Candidates can craft and spin standard speeches, but it's a little tougher to spin a response to a question from a randomly-selected audience member. But if you try with this crowd, they'll eat you alive.
Special thanks to those who donated to the group's sound system fundraising drive, as well as the news media from several newspapers and TV stations who showed up to cover the event and interview candidates.
The group will take July off, but will be planning a busy roster of events beginning with the second Saturday in August.