Friday Ellis

KEDM / Cindy Barnes

The candidates running for mayor of Monroe faced off at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce / KEDM Meet The Candidates Forum. The event was held on February 10 at the Monroe Convention Center. A standing room only crowd was in attendance and the event was aired on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio. 

A second Candidate Forum for candidates who have qualified for Monroe City Council seats will be held on Monday, February 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center.

The forums are free and open to the public and media.

Amanda Myree Photography

Monroe Businessman Friday Ellis has announced he is entering the Monroe Mayoral race. 

Ellis, owner of local business Governor's Cigar and Pipe, said that he is entering the race because of his love for the city and sadness in seeing friends leave town.

"I have serious skin in the game. I have three kids and it is up to us to create the environment they need to stay here and be successful."

Ellis will be going on a listening tour for the next few weeks to learn what local communities want and need.