The runoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district seat is just a few weeks away and many constituents are eager to hear from candidates Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel before June 20th’s vote. On Friday, June 2nd the Legislative Clergy Council hosted the “Souls To The Polls” non-partisan candidate forum at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, where both candidates were expected to appear.

 Karen Handel A No Show At 6th District Forum

Crowd of 6th district voters in attendance for Candidate forum. Courtesy Jon Ossoff Campaign/Dustin Chambers

Hundreds of 6th district voters were in attendance, however Republican candidate Karen Handel was not. The crowd was visibly agitated and openly voiced their dismay with Handel’s absence, which was not revealed until the beginning of the forum. According to Pastor Sabrina McKenzie, Handel declined to attend the event because “her schedule did not permit.” McKenzie emphatically shouted, “Remember this at the polls!”

Handel’s opponent, Democrat Jon Ossoff, addressed the crowd, answered questions and stayed after the event concluded to speak with district voters who attended the forum. Ossoff, 30, is attempting to “Flip the 6th”, a district that has notoriously been in favor of republican leadership.

This race is garnering the attention of many nationwide, most notably President Donald Trump.

The seat was vacated by Republican Tom Price after he was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services in February. In a special election held in April, Ossoff failed to obtain 50 percent of the vote to win the election by majority, thus forcing a runoff with Handel.

 Karen Handel A No Show At 6th District Forum

Jon Ossoff addressing constituents at Turner Chapel AME Church. Courtesy Jon Ossoff Campaign/Dustin Chambers


Although this was just one of many candidate forums being held before the runoff, Handel’s absence left a bitter taste in the mouths of hungry voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.

Here’s what they had to say:


 Karen Handel A No Show At 6th District Forum

Courtesy Jon Ossoff Campaign/Dustin Chambers

Early voting for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat is currently underway while June 16th is the last day to mail or issue absentee ballots for the June 20th runoff.

  • Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS radio. 



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