As noted earlier this week, candidates in contested races for elected office in Floyd County meet the public jointly for their first and other gathering before the election in less than two weeks on Nov. 3.

In most surrounding areas, debates and other joint appearances are more common.  Montgomery County Supervisors candidate Chris Tuck said Tuesday that he mad more than one such meeting scheduled for just this week and had appeared before the public with his opponents several times before hand.

Contested races are rare for local offices at general elections.  Floyd is an overwhelmingly Republican County and the real battle for election often comes at the primary level within the party of the elephant.

Only one candidate for office in Floyd County this year is running as a Democrate:  Burks Fork’s Kerry Underwood, and he is running not only against incumbent Republican Joe Turman but also independent Michael Schumann.

Republican Sheriff’s candidate Brian Craig has to beat Doug Weddle for the GOP nod earlier in the year and faces independent Jimmy Howery in the general.

In Little River, Republican Eddie Worth squares off against independent Linda DeVito Kuchenbuch.  Once school race has two candidates for one spot on the ballot but races for that body do not run as Democrats or Republicans.  Retiring Little River Supervisor Virgel Allen, a Republican, is running as a write-in candidate for the school board.

Other county-wide candidates are unopposed.  Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Branscom survived a three way primary but races no opposition in the general.

Thursday night, starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of The Bank of Floyd, contested candidates face off at a forum sponsored by the Floyd County Tea Party.  Craig and Branscom faced a similar face off sponsored by the same group before their primary caucus.