In 17 days, Clay County residents will have an opportunity to meet the upcoming primary candidates.
Indiana's 2008 primary is scheduled to take place May 6 and several area positions are up for grabs.
The local Farm Bureau, in conjunction with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a political forum for April 16.
The forum will be separated into thirds. The first portion of the forum, set to begin at 6 p.m., will feature Clay Community School Board candidates while the second portion, set for 7 p.m., will feature County officials.
The final portion of the forum, scheduled for 8 p.m., will feature state officials. The forum will not feature federal election officials.
The event will take place at the Clay County Fairgrounds in the Community Building and local resident Mike Peterson will serve as moderator of the sessions.
Chamber President Ted Paris said the organization has sent out invitations to all prospective candidates with the hope they will all attend the event.
He said he believed it was important to have three sessions in order for the community to get to know all the candidates.
"It might be a little longer, but it might be better attended," Paris said.
Paris said the Chamber had discussed the possibility of having three forums but opted for one. He said the original date for the forum was April 29, but was moved because the Chamber felt it was too close to the primary.
"We worked out a compromise to have one meeting," he said.
He added the fairgrounds location could equate into a good crowd.
"I hope so," Paris said. "I hope we have a big crowd.
"The hardest thing for a local candidate to do is get in front of the people. I think it's critical. I think people need to be informed and know the candidates. It's better for everybody."
Farm Bureau representative Marvin Schopmeyer agreed, saying getting to know all the candidates is important to the voters.
"It's important that, in the community, somebody has (a forum)," Schopmeyer said. "I think it will create interest.
"We just thought give the people the opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say."
Schopmeyer added refreshments will be served and will be provided by Farm Bureau.