Montgomery neighborhood hosts political forum

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Not quite sure who you're going to vote for on November 4th?

You're not alone.

One Montgomery neighborhood, aware of the same problem, took action Sunday afternoon.

The Cloverdale-Idlewild Association brought their annual public forum outside so neighborhood residents could meet the candidates themselves.

"By them walking up one-on-one to our neighbors, it gives our neighbors the comfort level to get to know [a candidate] as a person," explained Blake Partridge, the event's organizer.

Politicians from nearly every race took the stage to speak.

Voters also got the chance to question candidates after their speeches.

"There's only so much you can get from researching the Internet and watching on the news, so it's good to come out and see them in person," said Harvey Farrior, a Montgomery resident.

In such an important political year, residents say that a down-to-earth, face-to-face meeting with their candidates is exactly what they need.

"I think we'll go to as many of these as possible to make sure we hear everybody and that we vote well," said Montgomery resident Candice Longnecker.

That's a concept organizers hope to instill in this year's election.

"Everybody really does need to get out to vote.  They need to get out there and be comfortable with who they're voting for and electing into office," Partridge said.