On Thursday night the owner of The Forney Messenger, who is also the owner of Darrell Grooms Municipal Consulting, hosted a political forum at Forney High School’s Performing Arts Theater.
The Forney Messenger was purchased by Darrell Grooms in February 2018 after
longtime newspaper owners Judy and Cary Griffin chose to retire.
And it is believed that this was the first time the “official newspaper of the City of Forney” has been used to sponsor a political event.
At this point it is unclear if the newspaper is officially endorsing specific development projects such as the proposed North Side Community Park which abuts developing Petro-Hunt properties, or if it is the new owner’s intention to publicly endorse specific candidate’s seeking re-election.
Each of the candidate’s seeking election in the May 2019 General Election were present to introduce themselves to the voters, and to answer several pre-determined questions.
As photographs will confirm less than forty voters were in attendance at the public event, and the majority of these individuals were related in some way to the candidates seated upon the large stage.
The event was broadcast live via the Internet website of the Forney Messenger, however neither the voters present nor the voters following online were allowed to question the candidates seeking re-election about their voting records or their intentions for Forney’s developing future.
The candidates were first provided a few minutes to introduce themselves, and then the event moderator asked each candidate the same question in an alternating order.
Two large scale replicas of Forney’s Thoroughfare Plan and the North Side Community Park were supplied by Grooms and made available for viewing at the entrance way to the theater.
Thus is was made extremely clear from the onset of this political event that the only topic open for discussion centered around the multi-million dollar bond package being promoted by incumbent council member’s Shaun Myers, Mary Penn, Kevin Moon and David Johnson.
The voters of Forney are encouraged to check out the below introductory videos for brand new city council candidate’s Michael Lopez (Place 2), Ken Hill (Place 4) and Dr. Reef Gullum (Place 6).
Written by: Denise Bell