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Spring means the start of the (growing) political season

Monday, March 13, 2006

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Thirteen candidates participated in this political forum sponsored by The Brazil Times on April 29, 2004, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, including Dave Parr, Charlie Brown, Jeff Stewart, Bill Morthland, Ken Eitel, Andy Thomas, Warren Stevenson, Terry Harrison, Tabatha Perkins, Brian Deakins, Buddy Knox, Mike McCullough and Mark Dierdorf.

In spring, a young person's fancy turns to thoughts of many things. The weather and and elected office are two of those things. No one does anything about the weather, the sage said and news stories point out national candidates are testing the waters for the presidential race in 2008. One poll indicates U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) is far back in the pack, but moving up among Democratic Party candidates.

Locally, we have a primary election and a school board election set for May 2 in Clay County.

Most of the county will vote for school board members in the Clay Community Schools Corp. while fewer residents in the extreme southern end of the county will vote for Shakamak school board candidates.

This year, once again, The Brazil Times is sponsoring a political forum along with Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

Letters have been mailed and, hopefully, candidates will respond.

Candidates for school board and the two Democrat candidates for sheriff should receive invitations in the next few days to participate in the forum, April 26, at the Clay County Fairgrounds.

From 6 to 8 p.m. school board candidates will have the opportunity to present themselves and answer written questions from the public.

From 8 to 9 p.m., the two Democrat candidates for sheriff, Steve Bell and Rob Gambill will have the opportunity to present themselves and answer questions.

Other candidates who attend the forum will be introduced and given two minutes to speak.

"It was decided to not invite independents and candidates who are running unopposed in the May 2 primary election, for only Democrats will vote for Democratic candidates and Republicans will vote for Republicans. This is a primary election to determine who the party candidates will be in the November general election," said Brazil Times Editor Frank Phillips. "It was also decided to not invite District 3 County Council Republican candidates because only Republican voters who live in District 3 will have the opportunity to choose their candidate, according to the Clay County Election Office."

All candidates are invited to submit their announcements, "in their own words," to The Brazil Times, with a face photograph.

These announcements will be published up to one week before the May 2 primary election.

"We hope all voters and candidates will choose to attend the April 26 forum," Phillips said. "We also hope everyone will look to The Times for campaign and election information."

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