Candidates for the Aiken County Board of Education will participate in a public forum Oct. 30.

The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts at 126 Newberry St. S.W.

Public Education Partners, or PEP, is sponsoring the event.

Dr. Tom Hallman, a chancellor emeritus of USC Aiken, will be the moderator.

Dr. Tom Hallman

Dr. Tom Hallman

The forum will “help voters get to know the candidates and hear their views on important issues,” according to a news release from PEP.

Eight candidates for School Board are seeking five seats in the general election Nov. 6.

The candidates are as follows:

• District Two: Jason Crane and Levi Green, incumbent, serving most of Beech Island, Jackson, New Ellenton and Windsor

• District Three: John Wesley Hightower, incumbent, and Brian Silas, serving part of Beech Island, Clearwater, Bath and part of Langley

• District Five: Jeremy Mace, incumbent, serving Belvedere and part of the City of North Augusta

• District Six: Tim Lintner and Dwight Smith, serving part of Langley, Gloverville, Warrenville, Graniteville, Vaucluse and part of Aiken; Cecil Atchley currently holds the seat but is not running for re-election

• District Seven: Rosemary English, unopposed incumbent, serving part of Vaucluse, part of Eureka and part of Aiken

Candidates for School Board do not declare a political party.

To submit a question for candidates, visit PEP's website at

Absentee voting is open in South Carolina for voters who are age 65 and older, who will be on vacation or who can’t go to the polls because to their jobs, according to a news release from the S.C. Election Commission.

The deadline to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Voters can vote in person at the Aiken County Government Center at 1930 University Parkway in Aiken.

The deadline to vote absentee by mail is no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 6. The mailing address for the Aiken County Board of Voter Registration and Elections is P.O. Box 3127, Aiken, South Carolina 29802.

Because first-class mail can take two-five days to arrive, voters who cannot mail their ballots by Oct. 30 might consider returning the ballot in person, according to the release.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.