Citing a prior commitment, guest speaker and United States Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) made his speech and left before dinner started, but made his presence felt in the meantime.
"There should be no party politics because we all need to work together for the benefit of everyone," Ellsworth told The Brazil Times.
Ellsworth added his prior experience as Vanderburgh County Sheriff has been a benefit in Washington, as it has allowed him to use those skills as a way to get to real truths.
After Ellsworth made his leave, local politicians helped fill the gap.
Upon making their respective ways to the podium, Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh, along with Clay County Council members Rita Rothrock, Dolores Johnson and Steve Withers announced their intentions to run for re-election in 2010.
A bit of a surprise occurred during the event as Attorney Charles Hear revealed to those in attendance he would be running for the position of Clay County Prosecutor.
"I'm not looking to be something, I want to do something," Hear said during his announcement.
Citing a slogan he received from his clients, Hear added, "I am looking forward to fighting for the citizens of Clay County."
Addressing economical concerns, District 44 Indiana State Representative Nancy Michael, made a call out to her fellow politicians.
"Now is the time to be wise in our spending," she said. "It is important to prioritize what is needed at the state level."
Clay County Council President Mike McCullough reiterated Ellsworth's comments about not drawing party affiliation lines.
"We have the best people working on behalf of the citizens of Clay County," he said to the crowd. "They leave politics in the parking lot."
McCullough also commended District 43 Indiana State Representative Clyde Kersey -- who also spoke during the event -- for his hard work and always attending political events in Clay County.
Ellsworth will be the guest speaker during a town hall meeting conducted by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Monday, Nov. 23, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., in the St. Vincent Clay Medical Office Building Community Room.