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Monday, July 7, 2008

Fulton sheriff candidates can be seen – if you look hard enough

If you still don't know which of the nine(!) Democratic candidates for Fulton sheriff to vote for, you're not alone. Few county residents could ID any of the challengers to incumbent Myron Freeman out of a police line-up.

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Your opportunities for getting acquainted with any of these guys are limited, but it can be done if you're willing to go out of your way. Your next chance is Tuesday evening at a debate in College Park. So far, seven candidates have confirmed they'll be there, including Democrats Ronald Brandy, Frank Brown, Curtis Farmer, Theodore Jackson, Patrick Labat and Charles Rambo, as well as the lone Republican, Michael Rary. So far unconfirmed are Aubrey Osteen, Charles Shelton and, of course, Freeman himself, who has not taken part in any candidate gatherings.

Sponsored by an online media outlet called Exceptional Radio, the event begins at 7 p.m. at the city auditorium, 3631 Main Street. We're guessing you'll want to get there on the early side because it looks as if the sheriff debate will precede one for Fulton Clerk of Superior Court.

If you can't make that event, your next chance is Thursday. The Atlanta Press Club is sponsoring an hour-long debate, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., in the Georgia Public Broadcasting studio at 260 14th St. The public is invited to sit in the audience, but all questions will be asked by an onstage panel of journalists. The debate won't be televised until the evening of July 13, a mere two days before the primary.

In the meantime, your best bet for learning about the primary candidates is to visit their websites. Here we go:

• Ronald Brandy –

• Frank Brown –

• Curtis Steven Farmer –

• Ted Jackson –

• Pat Labat –

• Aubrey Osteen –

• Charles Rambo –

Neither Freeman nor Charles Shelton appears to have a campaign website.

Finally, you could keep an eye on the online version of our recent article about the sheriff's race, where several people have posted comments about their preferences – and at least one candidate, Curtis Steven Farmer, has weighed in. We'll say this for Farmer: he has the most entertaining artwork on his website, as seen above.

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