The Clay County Republicans hosted a "Meet the Candidates" event at the Simply Decadent Café Monday night, giving candidates the opportunity to address issues with area residents.
"We are very excited about the candidates we have," Clay County Republicans Chairperson Sharon Koehler said. "The election is coming soon and we would like to see more excitement from the residents."
Brazil mayoral candidate James Sheese spoke at length about his goals if he is elected mayor, including a pledge to give back to the City of Brazil.
"There are a multitude of things that need to be done with the city," Sheese said. "However, if I am elected, I pledge to give back one year's worth of post-tax salary back to the city for other city needs. It may be one-fourth of the salary each year in office, but I want to do anything to help the city."
Sheese's wife, Deanna, was emphatic about her husband being the right person for the job.
"For the city to run smoothly, we need to elect him," Deanna said. "He is not only the right man for the job, he has the will and intelligence to get things done and all with a smile on his face."
While the turnout in the primary election was decidedly for the Democratic Party, the Republicans showed a great deal of confidence in their chances.
"We have been getting a lot of support on the campaign trial," Brazil City Council At-Large candidate Pat Heffner said. "We are still putting out signs and I have really been utilizing e-mails to campaign and it looks good, but there is still a long way to go."
Sheese also said he has the will and the want to win, but understands that getting as many people to vote is very important.
"In the last major election there were only about 2,000 votes cast and only about 1,200 in May's primary," he said. "I've had people tell me they plan to vote for my opponent (current Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw), and I tell them the important thing is that they are voting and making their voices heard."
Among the others in attendance included Brazil City Council candidates Erich Erst and Cindy Schmaltz, along with Brazil Clerk/Treasurer candidate Janet Wallace, who was suspended more than a month ago by current Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Webster, and her reinstatement is pending an IRS response regarding tax penalties.
This was the first of two such events for the Clay County Republicans. The second will take place Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the same location.