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Candidate forum set

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Marvin Schopmeyer
Candidates for various area and state positions are gearing up for Clay County's annual forum.

The event is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at the Exhibit Hall of the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Clay County Farm Bureau are sponsoring the event.

School board candidates will meet with the public at 6 p.m., followed by county and state candidates, beginning at 7 p.m.

Crossroads Communication President Mike Petersen will emcee the event.

Farm Bureau member Marvin Schopmeyer said he had been in touch with various members of the Chamber expressing interest in a forum.

"We set the whole thing up," he said.

However, Schopmeyer said there was a bit of confusion when meet-and-greet sessions with school board candidates began popping up.

"We didn't know of anything that was planned," he said.

In the past, Schopmeyer said the forums have been a great way for the public to meet prospective candidates.

"They have really turned out well," Schopmeyer said. "All of them that we've had have really turned out well.

"In the past, I think they have been important for the (voters) to at least get to know who they are. In the past, they have made a difference."

Clay County Farm Bureau President Marshall Nuckolls agreed.

"I think it gives (the public) a good chance to meet the candidates," Nuckolls said. "When we started this, we didn't know the school board (meetings were going to take place). But this is something we thought would be beneficial for the public.

"The last one we had several people attended. There are a lot of people that are interested."

"This is hugely important because it gets the word out on each candidate and what their positions are," Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Phil Redenbarger said.

Chamber Executive Director Tiffany Cook said as of Monday, she had 10 candidates confirmed to attend the forum.

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