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Mayor's race already has competition

Friday, January 21, 2011

Brian Wyndham
Ann Bradshaw
One major race already has some competition for the May 3 Municipal Primary Election.

A few individuals wasted no time filing their declarations of candidacy soon after the Clay County Election Office opened Wednesday, the first day to submit such filings.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw was the first to sign up, initiating her re-election bid.

However, not long after Bradshaw submitted her declaration, current Clay County Council member Brian Wyndham followed suit, tossing his hat into the Mayoral race.

With Bradshaw and Wyndham both being Democrats, they would face off in the Primary Election for a spot on the General Election ballot.

For Wyndham, it will be his second attempt at becoming Mayor. In 2007, he ran against Bradshaw and current Common Council of the City of Brazil (Ward 4) member Bill Lovett on the Democratic ticket. Wyndham garnered 319 votes, but it was short of Bradshaw's tally of 448, while Lovett had 129.

As of 1 p.m., Friday, Bradshaw and Wyndham were the lone individuals to file their declarations in the Mayoral race, while Lovett declared his intention to be re-elected to his current seat on the council.

Also filing their declarations with the Election Office through early Friday afternoon were Karen McQueen for Brazil City Clerk-Treasurer and Brad Deal for City Council, Ward 1. Both currently hold those respective positions.

However, there is still plenty of time for others to declare their candidacy as the deadline for major party candidates to file is noon, Friday, Feb. 18.

Voter registration, which is currently open, will end at the close of business Monday, April 4, for the Primary Election.

Other than registering at the Clay County Election Office or a branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, residents may fill out an application online at www.indianavoters.com. Through the website, potential voters may also locate their polling place, along with who will be on the ballot in their respective precinct, as the information becomes available to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division. In addition, a mobile version of the site was made available in October.

The entire 2011 Municipal Election Calendar is available for viewing at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/20....

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Both are great individuals. However I know the Wyndham Family and am confident in Brian's ability to manage this city. They don't make them any better than Brian. He has my family's votes!

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 10:04 PM

Which one will hire the least number of their relatives?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 11:24 AM

Ann has done a great job for this city for what she has to work with.

-- Posted by mdh1175 on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 12:37 PM

Good luck Mayor Ann Bradshaw, you done a great job and we know you would have done more if the money was available.

I know the House Family and they are caring and full of love for their family and others.

How many Mayors would get out and help clean up the City instead of sitting back and watching !! Lets put her in for another term.

-- Posted by bowling on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 12:49 PM

Thank you and good luck in your bid for re-election. You have my families votes, I am an adult who knows how difficult it can be to work within the constraints of a tight budget. You appear to have accomplished this and moved forward in difficult economic times, not just here in our hometown but, all over our nation. This has made your job all the more difficult and you have made progress for Brazil, nay sayers will always be out there voicing their negativity that not enough has been done but true money managers know you have accomplished a LOT with what you had available to you and you have done a terrific job at it. Thank You

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 2:58 PM

we need a good republican to run if there is any good one's left.Ann you have had 4 year''s tomake any changes town looks the same and no new job's .It is time for a change I will have to agree with Isn't It Obvious To Us we need someone with an education.Someone who can bring some job's to this town.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 3:20 PM

Manufacturers will move to the area when Brazil has decent roads in place, a reliable water delivery system, and a skilled workforce. Skilled workforce doesn't just mean a worker can do a job or be trained to do a job. It means he/she is skilled in how to be a good employee and do things like show up to work, put in his/her 8 hours, don't bring drama to the workplace, pass drug tests, and don't steal from the worksite. All of that matters. At Thanksgiving, my extended family discussed the current economy. One individual who is a manager spoke of letting someone go because they wouldn't show up to work and another for texting and phoning on the cell phone all day everyday and not working. She spoke of how difficult it is to get people to work. Another family member gripped about jobs going overseas, but if we can't get many Americans to put in an honest day's work, why wouldn't factories move to where they can get people who want jobs. I know these examples don't represent the whole picture, the entire story or demonstrate how you or I think we do our jobs. However, bringing jobs into an our town falls on ALL our shoulders and not just one persons. A mayor (any mayor) can only do so much. The rest is our responsibility.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 9:37 PM

Tulie32- The time has never been better for you to take your foot out of your mouth and use it to step up.

Elections in Brazil and Center Point are this fall. Throw your name in the ring and show us all how much better you would do it. Same for the rest of you who do nothing but complain. If you have any idea about how to do a better job, come on.

Wait until you run into all the road blocks that the State and Federal Government put in place to keep the local government down.

-- Posted by FatDuckLittlePuddle on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 11:13 PM

I have to agree with FatDuckLittlePuddle that a lot of government does not rest or fall on one level of government. Nor does it rest solely on one position. The position of Mayor of the City of Brazil has some powers; however, it is balanced and checked by the Common Council just as is the POTUS by Congress.

I also agree that there are some "road blocks" in place, devised by other levels of government. These are obstacles to be cleared and that is the challenge.

We have to be "gung ho", in the original Chinese meaning of "working together" from the level of city government to the national level on many issues that affect decisions that confront business when deciding where to locate.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 6:40 AM

I totally support Mrs. Bradshaw and always have. She HAS done great things for the City of Brazil. I believe if she is re-elected she will continue to do great things. No matter who you are or what you do, there will always be someone who doesn't appreciate it, and usually because they don't know what they are talking about. And in defense of Mrs. Bradshaw, and as I have pointed out in previous posts, she has only 2 relatives on the payroll and 2 in-laws. And what she wears to work (Lee Thall) doesn't make her do her job any better, nor would slapping on a ton of make-up. Mrs. Bradshaw is comfortable with who she is and I think thats awesome. And as far as some fancy education.... that doesn't mean they can do the job any better than anyone else. It does take more than just the Mayor to get things done (as stated above). (Again)You have my vote Mayor Bradshaw.

-- Posted by Tabby on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 11:52 AM

As far as hiring relatives,I. M. Lee Thall, Esq, how many relatives of Mr. Wyndham are currently working for the city and in city hall, and even on the city council? I think people would be suprised if they knew. Talk about Nepotism....just sayin. Best of luck to both canidates.

-- Posted by TheShadow on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 12:00 PM

So what's your point? Why don't you tell us how many relatives Mr Wyndham has working for the City. Of course it wouldn't make much difference to a lot of the voters in this burg.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 12:44 PM

I was present during the SHOP-WITH-A-COP at our local Walmart and overheard Mayor Dan Bradshaw ask a Brazil City Police Officer, "Are you going to vote for me?" After the officer answered, Bradshaw answered, "If you don't, you're going to be in big trouble". This, my friend, is an abuse of power.

-- Posted by semtex_sticky on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 3:01 PM


I am aware the jobs have been leaving for quite some time and NAFTA sure didn't help the situation. However, we do have some factories still in the near area such as RR Donnely in Crawfordsville and Toyota in Princeton, etc. We should be actively courting those manufacturers who are still left in the US and if they come to Clay, be able to offer them a workforce they desire which means willing and able to work without drama. Look around at the 20 - 30 something crowd and check out their work ethic. How many live with their parents still? How many are making their parents raise their babies? How many are actively seeking work or gainfully employed? And before you say..."But the economy!!!"... remember that the economy went belly up just a few years ago. That generation has been purposely underemployed since high school. I understand factories go overseas to pay pennies a day & no benefits, but still have transportation costs, etc to bring products to the US. But the erosion of economy doesn't guarantee these goods will be coming to the US. Those goods may be heading to other parts of the world with a growing middle class such as India and China as our middle class is shrinking. That is why GM and Ford have moved their factories to China & India and our federal bail out money helped them pay for that move. Build them cheap where you plan to sell them to the growing middle class. They first moved to Mexico and paid $40 a week to their workers and brought the autos back to the US where the middle class could still afford to buy them. But now, America has given away a good portion of her factory base, which is unfortunate because it is the industrial factory base on which our military might rests. Is it a surprise that Chinese officials just wrapped up a tour of the US with an eye on our economy? Your government has been actively busting the unions for quite some time now. How long will it be before we are earning the same or lower wage than that of a Chinese worker? The economic & social "airplane" we have been on has been losing altitude for quit some time. We still think we are flying because we are still in the air. Reality of our descent will not hit us until we crash land and hit the ground scattering our social structure & leaving our economy in shambles. In the meantime, I hope we do everything in our power to recognize the descent and reverse it. I don't mean to sound so doom and gloom and for God's sakes I know I don't know everything. But we have to lay our pettiness and arguing aside because as we are fighting over scraps something bigger is on the horizon. Something that will require us to work together and get our act together. We must stop riding the coat tails of the hard work of our parents and grandparents. We must step up for us. All of us. If we don't who will? Big Business? Big Government? I don't think so. You've already seen their work.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 4:00 PM

Isn't_it_obvious_to_us? A couple of very insightful posts. Too bad most are hung up on the status quo and think the current administration is doing a great job. I suppose we could have 100 fire hydrants out of order or all of the streets could be gravel.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 11:26 PM

I have known brian many years and i like him very much. but i know he is not going to give up his lucretive jobs tp be a full time mayor. he needs to quit listening to a certain county comissoner who wants some control in the city of brazil. wake up brian!

-- Posted by grays on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 3:36 AM

semtex_sticky.. Its not Mayor Dan Bradshaw its Mayor Ann Bradshaw and she was only kidding that Officer at the "Shop- With- A -Cop" he wouldn't be able to vote for her anyway he does not live in the city limits..gee get over yourself anything to put her down!!

She does not make threats like that.

-- Posted by bowling on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 8:48 AM

Probably another cop heard her joking with someone and they tried to use it against her, I don't believe for half a second she said that in sincerity. She has people in disagreement with her policies, and thats their right but try to not look so tattle tale foolish over a joke.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 9:07 AM

Maybe we should send our mayor to our neighbor in terre haute they seem to be doing one -ell of a job in all departments ie;factorys,roads,etc.Obviously there mayor and council know something that we need to learn!!

-- Posted by chesshirew3 on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 2:46 PM

I didnt mean send our mayor there for good by the way i meant send our mayor there for a training course on how to bring progress to a community, Thank you

-- Posted by chesshirew3 on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 2:48 PM

A new water tower was definately a good start but instead of building another at I-70 we should now concentrate on the citys infrastructure which means fixing these god awful roads er i mean trails,that should be the next priority bar none!!!

-- Posted by chesshirew3 on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 2:51 PM

Considering what Mayor Bradshaw started with, I'm not sure anyone else could do as much as she has. I have noticed though that she doesn't spend her day sitting at the local food establistments in town. And she definately does more than just ribbon cutting ceremonies. I've witnessed her several times leaving the building that has the office for the mayor at the "END" of the day. She does conduct herself as a mayor should. Looks like she was there doing her job. I sure wouldn't trade places with her. There is always someone saying they could do a better job. Wonder how they know that? Where are they going to get all the needed money for the things everyone mentioned? Oh, freedom of speech is so sweet and rumors are so entertaining. Mayor Bradshaw has done more than the last how many mayors?? If the improvement money is hiding then speak up and tell her where it's at instead of gripping.

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 1:58 AM

No one has lowered their expectations with Mayor Bradshaw. Our city doesn't operate with just one person. Just like the president, they don't do everything by themselves. If the other persons running haven't proven themselves as mayor then where again is the guarantee? If not Ann, then another mayor will be judged by someone at some point. Comes with the job description. You can't blame one mayor for the messed up economy. A lot of the issues have to be addressed by other officials as well. Great job Mayor Bradshaw!

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 1:46 PM

Christopher Gadsen, I do not work for the Mayor ! and for your info i have made comments on other subjects..you are pathetic and have a lot of hate in your heart, why don't you run for Mayor and show us how its done.

I agree with you Say it again girl !

-- Posted by bowling on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 1:49 PM

I didn't know Brian Wyndham lived in the city limits?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 4:18 PM

Awww, the old "why don't you run for Mayor" comeback. Here's a suggestion, dig out your dictionary and look up the word "hate". It might surprise you. While you're at it, look up the word "heart". I don't think hate comes from the heart, I believe it pumps blood.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 4:20 PM

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