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Dems hoping the public regains political interest

Friday, April 16, 2010

Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown (right) informs District 44 State Representative Nancy Michael, who was the keynote speaker for the event, about the concerns of local citizens during Friday's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Traditions Banquet Hall. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
For Clay County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Broyles, the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner provides a high point in the election season.

"We try to get the candidates out to meet the public as much as possible," Broyles said. This dinner is a big opportunity for residents to meet many of the candidates in one place."

Currently in his sixth year as chairman, Broyles told The Brazil Times not much has changed in that time other than the amount of interest in politics, which has been evident by the high amount of uncontested races in this year's Primary.

"I don't think the number of uncontested races is odd now, but years ago it would have been," he said. "Interest in getting into politics is starting to fall off."

Broyles added he is concerned about not being able to fill vacancies for the Nov. 4 General Election.

"I would like for people to step forward and run for office," he said. "However, I feel not all the open spots may be able to be filled by the caucus, which has to be done by June 30."

While overall interest in the election may be waning, Broyles said there are a couple of races sparking his interest. The first is the District 46 State Representative in which Democrats Randy G. Carter, Kal Ellis and Bionca D. Gambill are vying for votes to run against Republican Bob Heaton in the General Election. Current representative Vern Tincher announced he would not be running for re-election.

"The District 46 could end up being very interesting," Broyles said. "I'm also keeping an eye on the District 8 United States Representative race. W. Trent VanHaaften is alone on the Democratic side, but the Republican side is full with eight candidates trying to get the one other spot on the ballot in November."

While being uncontested in the Primary has relieved some stress for VanHaaften, who spoke during the dinner, it has not lightened his workload.

"We got into this a little late with the announcement of Senator (Evan) Bayh leaving office, but we've hit the ground running and don't plan to stop," VanHaaften told The Brazil Times. "We need to bring the basics back to Washington D.C., like getting people jobs, cutting the deficit and watch the restraints being put on small businesses, just to name a few."

For Broyles, the biggest impact in making change for the better can be at the polls.

"People should take politics seriously and go out and vote," Broyles told The Brazil Times. "Those elected represent all the people, not just the ones who voted for them."

The 2010 Primary Election takes place Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

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The Dems can rest assured that the public has regained their interest in politics.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 5:38 PM

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