The Brazil Times, Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring political forums in February and in April. The purpose of these meetings is to give residents the opportunity to be better informed about the work of their elected representatives and to choose candidates who will best represent them in the November general election.
Several races will be up for grabs this year. Candidate announcements have already been made by persons seeking Indiana's 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, one of the two U.S. Senate seats, Clay Circuit Judge and Clay County Sheriff.
Voters need to remember that while those and other county, state and national offices are up for election in November, some Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees position will be decided during the May election: It is a primary election for many candidates but it is the determining election for school board.
Confused? Watch The Brazil Times for more information on individual races.
Another way to end the confusion is to attend the cracker barrel and the candidates' forum.
The cracker barrel is set for 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 25, at Jackson Township Elementary School.
"Elected officials said they will be at another county meeting that morning and then come to our meeting," said Marshall Nuckols, president of Clay County Farm Bureau.
Area state senators and state representatives have been invited. In addition to reporting on what is happening in Indianapolis at the Statehouse, they will field questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served.
With candidates seeking nomination by the Republican and Democratic parties in Clay County, a political forum has been scheduled at 6 p.m., April 26, at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Candidates who file for the May primary for the Republican or Democratic party nominations and for school board election are invited to speak at the meeting. The races will be handled individually, starting with the school board candidates at 6 p.m. Then, attendees will have the opportunity to submit written questions to the candidates.
The Brazil Times Editor Frank Phillips will serve as moderator for the sixth year (There was no local election in 2005.) He will sort questions for the candidates. Paper and pencils will be provided.
This forum has received praise from candidates and political party representatives as being one of the best such forums in the state.