The Clay County Republican Party announced Friday that candidates for the U.S. House and Senate will serve as the keynote speakers at this year's Clay County Lincoln Day Dinner.
The dinner will take place Saturday, April 10, at the Center Point United Methodist Church.
The dinner is open to the public and will begin with a meet-and-greet session with the candidates at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door. Reservations may also be made by calling 448-8081 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Koehler, chairman of the Clay County Republican Central Committee urged citizens interested in the direction of the government to attend the dinner.
"With so much focus on national politics and with primary voting already under way, this is shaping up to be a very interesting year," Koehler said. "As of today, we have commitments from eight of the 13 people running for U.S. House and Senate seats to be at our dinner.
"We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the candidates and find out ways they can get involved and make a difference."
There are five candidates running on the Republican ticket for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.
Those candidates include Richard Behney, businessman and Tea Party activist, Dan Bates, businessman and financial manager; former U.S. Senator Dan Coats; former congressman John Hostettler, and Marlin Stutzman, farmer, small business owner and current State Senator.
For the U.S. 8th District House seat currently occupied by Brad Ellsworth (D-Evansville), there are eight candidates in the running on the Republican ticket, including Bud Bernitt, Larry D. Buschon, Billy J. Mahoney, Kristi Rick, John Lee Smith, John K. Snyder, Dan Stockton and Steven C. Westell.
Local candidates running for state, county and township offices will also be attending the dinner.