BONIFAY – Bonifay Woman’s Club welcomed Holmes County political candidates at a rally and fundraiser held at Holmes County High School on July 28.

Candidates were invited to speak to citizens about their goals and why they deserve your vote.

Scott F. Prescott was unable to attend but sent his son Zack in his stead. Zack urged citizens to vote for his dad.

"Since my dad is retired he is able to be a full time county commissioner and do his best for all in the county and not a select few," said Prescott. "Vote for my dad for District 2 commissioner."

County Commission candidate for District 2 Mickey Locke did attend nor did Brandon Newsom due to prior engagements.

District 4 Candidate Eddie Paul addressed those in attendance about growth in the county.

"I worry for my grandchildren," said Paul. "There is no growth here, when there needs to be. "I want them to leave the area if they want to, not because they have to. We need growth here."

Incumbent Danny Powell was out of the area, and therefore, did not attend the rally.

Candidate Earl Stafford compared being a business owner to being a county commissioner.

"The county is a business and should be run as such," said Stafford. "To be elected as your county commissioner would be a privilege, and I would never take it for granted."

Each county commission candidate urged citizens to exercise their right to vote in the Aug. 28 primary.

Two school board seats are up for grabs this election cycle. And both District 1 and 5 had candidates on hand at the rally.

Two District 1 candidates were unable to be there, J.Wayne Marsh and Joey Whitaker.

Kaci Howell Johnson said she wants to be the voice of students and faculty in the county.

"I want to be able to speak for the children, faculty and staff in the district," said Johnson. "I want to promote community involvement because it takes everyone to help mold our children."

Eric Marell talked about the kind of decisions he would make should he get elected.

"I will make business decisions," said Marell. "Not political ones. If someone has questions or concerns, I will listen."

Milton "Tad" Wilson said his background of working with the youth at his church demonstrates he is well invested in the kids.

"I’ve been doing music and youth at our church for over 30 years," said Wilson. " I am well invested in the kids and working with them. If anyone would like to talk to me, please reach out and I will answer any questions you have."

School Board District 5 seat has three candidates in the running.

Leesa Manning Lee spoke to those in attendance about being a teacher and wanting to help all the students in the county.

"As a teacher, I help students in my classroom," said Lee. "But I want to be able to help all the students in the district. I want to give all the resources I can to help them succeed."

Vernon Lewis Junior said he believes children should be afforded opportunities.

"I believe my children and yours should be afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential," said Lewis. "We have to do more to encourage our children to reach their full potential. I believe that together we can make Holmes County Schools great again."

The final candidate to speak was Freddie McIntosh.

McIntosh spoke about working with the board to earn a higher grade for the district.

"I want to work with the other members to bring our district grade up," said McIntosh. "We are one point away from being a B district. Why not work to make us an A."

Every candidate running for school board is also a product of the school district. Each wants to give back to where they come from.

A cake auction was held in between candidates speaking and raised $1,345 from which Bonifay Woman’s Club will make donations to various school clubs and a scholarship the club sponsors.