There was a big crowd on hand at Tuesday night’s special election candidate forum. The three candidates, Angela Bean, Peyton Riley, and Charles Rousseau answered questions on a variety of topics posed by moderators and the audience. (Photo by Michael Clifton /

As the September 15 special election draws nearer, the race is starting to take shape. The three candidates to fill the Post 5 seat on the Board of Commissioners met with the public Tuesday night at a forum. Angela Bean, Peyton Riley, and Charles Rousseau spoke on a variety of questions posed by moderators and the audience at the Fayette County Public Library.
Popular topics were business, transportation, and community feedback.
“We’ve got to attract business and keep that business healthy so that they will want to continue to be a part of Fayette County,” said Rousseau. “It’s imperative to work with local businesses.”
Attracting the right kind of companies and workers is key.
“We’re losing our millennials. Our kids are graduating from high school and college, and they’re leaving our county,” said Bean, noting increasing internet capabilities as a way to attract the hi-tech jobs that could keep them in Fayette. “We have a very business-friendly environment, and that’s what we want to maintain.”
Including the community in planning is vital, especially given the work done by the Fayette Visioning Initiative.
“The way to support the visioning project is to go talk to people and visit, and find out what are your ideas,” said Riley. “We really need to spend more time listening than talking.
The special election is set for September 15. Early voting begins August 24.