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Candidates set to square off

Friday, October 12, 2007

As the political season looms, so too starts the debate season.

The Clay County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring this year's political debate for the General Election on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the Clay County YMCA.

This debate will be between the candidates for Mayor of the City of Brazil; current Mayor Ann Bradshaw (Democrat) and President of the Common Council of the City of Brazil Jim Sheese (Republican).

"While the debate itself is only for candidates for mayor, others will have a chance to speak," Farm Bureau President Marshall Nuckolls said.

"Each candidate for any elected position in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the residents and speak for a short time about the position they are running for."

Previous debates had been held at the Clay County Fairgrounds, but Nuckolls said they decided on the YMCA again because of the turnout of residents at the debate for the Primary Election, which took place at the YMCA on April 19.

"At the debate back in April, we had more people show up than we expected and kept having to find more chairs for the residents," Nuckolls said. "We figured we would keep it at the same place, especially since the Brazil elections were the focus this year."

The moderator for this year's debate will be Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, who is looking forward to the opportunity.

"It will be a great experience for me," Reberger said. "Marshall approached me a couple of months ago to see if I would be interested and I jumped at the chance."

Nuckolls said Reberger seemed to be a perfect choice to be the moderator.

"Lee's experience as prosecutor gives him an air of respect that is beneficial in an emcee," Nuckolls said. "Also, he seemed like the right choice because he lives outside the city so he can be impartial as he is unable to vote in the city election."

Refreshments for the debate will be provided by the Farm Bureau and the area Chamber of Commerce.

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