Walker County candidates, crowd pack forum

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. - The July 31 election is weeks away, but interest is already strong -- judging from the standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night for a candidates' forum at the Walker County Civic Center.

Candidates for 14 offices ranging from school board to state representative were invited to the forum held by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

Each candidate had three minutes to respond to a single question that varied from office to office, and issues ranged widely during the two-hour forum.

Incumbent County Coroner W. Dewayne Wilson said parents need education about the dangers of killing an infant accidentally while "co-sleeping," or having the child in the parents' bed instead of a crib.

He also brought up prescription abuse as a preventable cause of death.

"Our overdose rate on prescription drugs is just crazy," Wilson said.