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Majority respond to forum request

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Ted Paris
Nearly all prospective candidates for the 2011 Municipal Primary Election have agreed to appear at the upcoming Clay County Chamber of Commerce candidate forum.

The forum will take place Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil. It will be conducted in the Y Community Room.

According to Chamber President Ted Paris, only one candidate has stated they will not be able to attend the event, as Republican Mayoral candidate Jack Nelson said he had prior commitments.

Paris told The Brazil Times Sunday two of the Democratic Brazil Mayoral candidates, Beverly Sue Chaney and Brian Wyndham, along with Republican candidate TJ Sneddon, have confirmed to attend.

"We have two of the three democratic mayor candidates confirmed," he said. "I think both parties will be well represented."

There are a total of 14 candidates who have thrown their hat into the ring for the upcoming primary, set for Tuesday, May 3.

In addition to the Mayoral candidates, the race for Brazil City Council At-Large will feature Republican Pat Heffner and Democrat Tyler Hutcheson, while Council Ward 1 will pit Republican Gary Rickert against Democrat Brad Deal.

Council Ward 2 will feature Republican Sam Glover and Council Ward 4 will feature Republican Dustin Jorgensen and Democrat Bill Lovett.

In addition, the Clerk/Treasurer race will feature Democrat Karen McQueen.

According to Paris, Deal, Hutcheson, Lovett, Rickert, Glover, Jorgensen and Heffner have all said they would attend. In addition, Paris said current mayor Ann Bradshaw (Democrat) and McQueen both responded, saying they would attend if they could.

Paris said the Chamber attempted to contact all candidates on the telephone initially. From there, all candidates received written requests to attend, according to Paris, as well as e-mails.

Paris added there is no deadline to respond to the request.

Paris said Brazil resident Mike Petersen will serve as moderator for the event.

Candidates will be allowed to provide the community an opening statement before fielding questions from residents.

"Normally, there's usually a crowd of people there to ask questions," Paris said. "That's been pretty consistent. Hopefully, we'll have a good turnout."

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I wonder why the Mayor and Clerk-Treasurer didn't confirm or decline. What does "I'll attend if I can" mean?

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Mon, Apr 18, 2011, at 6:02 PM

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