The Clay County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a candidate forum for Brazil residents to meet with prospective candidates for the 2011 Municipal Primary Election.
The election will take place Tuesday, May 3.
Chamber President Ted Paris said the event will take place Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
It will take place in the Y Community Room.
Paris said candidates will have an opportunity to present a brief statement prior to a question/answer session involving the public. He added all Clay County residents are invited to attend.
"All of the candidates will be invited," Paris said. "We are in the process of contacting all of the candidates.
"I've been involved with the chamber for the last half-dozen years and every election cycle, we try to have a forum. This is the only one scheduled as of right now."
Paris said allowing residents the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with candidates is essential.
"The more informed the voters and the public are, the wiser the decision they make," he said. "It gives them an opportunity to meet one-on-one. I think it's very important. People will get an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns."
The 2011 Municipal Election ballot includes several names running for several positions.
The race for Brazil Mayor will feature Republicans John S. Nelson and T.J. Sneddon along with Democrats Ann Bradshaw, Beverly Chaney and Brian Wyndham.
The race for City Council, At-Large will feature Republican Pat Heffner and Democrat Tyler Hutcheson while Council Ward 1 will feature Republican Gary Rickert and Democrat Brad Deal.
Council Ward 2 will feature Republican Sam Glover while Council Ward 4 will feature Republican Dustin Jorgensen and Democrat Bill Lovett.
In addition, the Clerk/Treasurer race will feature Democrat Karen McQueen.
No candidates filed for Council Ward 3.
Time is running out
Time for candidates to submit their candidate biographies to The Brazil Times is running out.
The Times will not accept candidate bios past April 19.
Candidates are urged to send biographies via e-mail to email@example.com or submit them in person at The Times' office, 100 N. Meridian St., Brazil.
In addition, the deadline for Primary Election Letters to the Editor has expired.