Chamber President Ted Paris said there is a need for community members to get to know those who are running for office.
“We believe that getting to know the candidates on a face-to-face basis is crucial for the growth of Brazil,” Paris said. “We appreciate the candidates coming out.”
Paris gave the eight candidates in attendance Tuesday a few minutes to introduce themselves and discuss what their platform was.
Candidates in attendance Tuesday included Republican mayoral candidate Jim Sheese, Republican clerk-treasurer candidate Janet Wallace, Democrat clerk-treasurer candidate Karen McQueen, and city council candidates Cindy Schmaltz (R-Ward 1), Sam Glover (R-Ward 2), Jim Bales (D-Ward 2) and Bill Lovett (D-Ward 4).
Clay County Council member Rita Rothrock was the first person to speak Tuesday. She attended the meeting as a representative for Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw, who was unable to attend.
Rothrock provided those in attendance a statement from Bradshaw, discussing her priorities.
Sheese then approached the audience, telling those at Tuesday’s luncheon that he believed there was plenty to be done in Brazil.
“I think there’s a lot of things we can do,” he said.
Some of the candidates admitted to not liking to speak in public, but still managed to discuss their platforms.
Others were pleased to be invited to the luncheon.
“I think this is a great opportunity to express some of the things we want to say,” Schmaltz said.
“It’s very gratifying to run for public office and meet the people,” Glover added. “I believe we have a great community.”
The Chamber will co-sponsor, along with Clay County Farm Bureau, a political debate for the General Election at 6:30 p.m., Thursday. However, the Clay County Democratic Party issued a press release Tuesday stating it would not participate in the debate because no Democratic candidate had received an invitation to take part in the forum.
The event will take place at the YMCA. Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger will serve as moderator of the debate.