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Laurie Searle

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Juliet – Thank you for moderating the 2017 Candidates Forum for our municipal election.

As host of the forum, my challenge was to find a professional speaker with moderator experience who lived outside our city, so the candidates could rest assured there would be no bias. When the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce highly recommended you, I felt confident you’d do a great job.

I appreciated the many times you met with me prior to the forum to learn about our city and its issues. The candidates appreciated that as well. They gave you high praise for the questions you asked, saying you were quite fair in evenly distributing the questions among the candidates. They also appreciated the follow up questions. One candidate said, “It’s clear that Juliet did her homework.”

The audience was appreciative as well. More than one resident commented on how tactful you were when the audience got a bit enthusiastic or started moving around. You said that the forum would pause for a few minutes to give the audience a moment to take their seats and settle down, so that the candidates could be heard. They felt you handled that situation in a respectful manner. But more than that, the residents appreciated an opportunity to submit questions before and during the forum. And by the donations collected at the end of the forum – more than $$$ – they appreciated you very much.

Thank you again for exceeding my expectations.

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