Friday, September 25, 2020

Virtual Candidate Forum Scheduled Oct. 12 For Oconee County Commission Candidates

***Post 3 And Chair Race On Ballot***

All five candidates competing for positions on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners on the Nov. 3 ballot have agreed to participate in a virtual candidates forum over Zoom from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

The candidates will introduce themselves and then respond to questions submitted in advance and during the session itself.

The first 45 minutes of the session will be devoted to candidates in the non-primaried special election to fill the unexpired term of Post 3 Commissioner William “Bubber” Wilkes, who passed away earlier this year.

Those candidates are Jacob Douylliez, Amrey Harden, and Aaron Nowak. Douylliez is running as a Democrat, while Harden and Nowak are running as Republicans.

The second part of the forum will feature the two candidates for the Chair of the Board of Commissioners.

Incumbent John Daniell is running as the Republican Party nominee, and Eric Gisler is running as the Democratic Party nominee.

Details on how to access the virtual forum and submit questions in advance are below.

Michael Prochaska, editor of The Oconee Enterprise, has organized a forum for the three candidates in the District Attorney race that will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 1. The forum will be live streamed on the newspaper’s Facebook page

Forum Details

I will serve as host of the Oct. 12 forum and pose the questions to the candidates.


My wife, Ann Hollifield, will serve as co-host, assisting with the questions submitted during the session and with the timing of responses. Philip Ashford and Karen Hilyard also will serve as co-hosts, managing logistics of the session.


The four of us hosted a candidate forum for the Board of Education candidates on Sept. 17.

I also have organized and help run local candidate forums in the past.

We’ll record the Oct. 12 session and upload it to the Vimeo site of Oconee County Observations after the session in complete. 

I’ll also write a summary article from the session and post it on this blog.

The Candidates

The Board of Commissioners has a full-time chair and four part-time commissioners, serving in Posts 1 to 4. Terms for all five commission members are for four years.


The names of Post 1 Commissioner Mark Thomas and Post 4 Commissioner Mark Saxon also will be on the November ballot, but neither has opposition. We did not invite them to the Oct. 12 forum so as to save time for the contested races.

Wilkes was elected in 2018, and his term does not expire until the end of 2022. Post 2 Commissioner Chuck Horton also was elected in 2018.

Here are descriptions of the candidates from their qualification paperwork.

Douylliez, 30, of 1971 Whippoorwill Road, lists his occupation as education and minister. He has lived in Georgia and Oconee County for two years.

Harden, 66, of 1100 Briar Lakes Court, lists his occupation as retired. He is former president of Oconee State Bank. He has lived in Oconee County his entire life.

Nowak, 36, of 1191 Daandra Drive, lists his occupation as investment banker. He has lived in Georgia and Oconee County for two years.

Daniell, 53, of 1922 Elder Road, list his occupation as Chair of the Commission. He has lived in Georgia for 43 years and Oconee County for 25 years.

Gisler, 44, of 1071 Colliers Creek Road, lists his occupation as project manager. He has lived in Georgia for 17 years and in Oconee County for eight years.

Login Procedures

Please submit questions in advance to

Here is the invitation from Zoom for the session:

 Lee Becker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Oconee County BOC Candidate Forum Time: Oct 12, 


2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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