Candidates for some county offices and 44th District Republican candidates will meet the public in a question and answer forum Thursday, 7 p.m., at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The forum is sponsored by Clay County Farm Bureau and The Brazil Times.
At 7 p.m., Rep. Andy Thomas (R-Brazil) and challenger Kenneth Eitel, Greencastle, will meet. Thomas and Eitel are vying for the Republican nomination for the 44th District House seat occupied by Thomas. The winner of the May 4 primary will face Democrat Eric Wolf, a Brazil resident and student at DePauw University, in the November general election. Wolf will be given the opportunity to introduce himself at the forum, but will not participate in the question and answer session since he is the lone Democratic Party candidate and is assured the nomination.
At 8 p.m., candidates for Clay County Commissioner and Council will meet the public in their own session.
Commissioners David Parr and Buddy Knox; Commissioner candidates Charlie Brown, Brian Deakins, Bill Morthland, Tabatha Perkins, Terry Harrison and Jeff Stewart; County Council members Warren Stevenson, Michael D. McCullough, Mark L. Dierdorf and County Council candidate Guy J. Dickerson have been invited to attend the forum. These are the candidates who filed for Commissioner and County Council offices.
In both sessions the format will be the same:
- Each candidate will have two minutes to introduce himself/herself
- Audience members will have the opportunity to write out their questions, which will then be collected by members of Farm Bureau and taken to the stage.
- Questions will be sorted and asked by the moderator.
- Each candidate will have two minutes to answer each question. In the case of multi-part questions, each part of the question will be given two minutes per candidate.
- At the end, each candidate will have a maximum of five minutes to address the audience.
There will be no verbal questions from the audience allowed and candidates will not question one another.
Farm Bureau is supplying refreshments and one of the county's new voting machines may be displayed.
Everyone is invited to attend this informational meeting. Local TV and radio stations have been invited to cover the event and The Times will publish a report in Friday's newspaper.