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Candidates square off in forum

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mayoral candidates for the 2011 Municipal Primary Election (from left) TJ Sneddon, Beverly Chaney and Brian Wyndham prepare to answer questions during the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum Thursday. [Order this photo]
Eleven of the 13 2011 Municipal Primary Election candidates attended the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum Thursday.

The event took place in the Community Room of the YMCA of Clay County.

It was split into two categories. Candidates running for City Council, as well as Clerk/Treasurer candidate Karen McQueen, spoke first, with three of the five mayoral candidates speaking in the second portion.

Mayoral candidates John S. Nelson (Republican) and incumbent Ann Bradshaw (Democrat) were unable to attend the forum. Nelson had prior commitments while Bradshaw dealt with concerns from residents over a water leak that sprung earlier Thursday afternoon.

Brazil resident Mike Petersen served as the emcee for the event.

Each candidate was offered the opportunity to address those in attendance prior to going through a question/answer session.

During the City Council portion of the forum, candidates were asked what they believed were the biggest needs for the City of Brazil.

City Council Ward 1 candidate Gary Rickert (Republican) tackled the question first, saying jobs, cleaning up the town, help businesses build and fixing roads were the city's major issues.

Current council member Sam Glover, who represents Ward 2, said he believed the greatest problem Brazil faced was cosmetic.

"We have an image problem here," Glover, a Republican who is running unopposed in the primary, said. "But this is a great community."

Many candidates following Glover agreed.

"People don't want to stay in Brazil," City Council Ward 4 candidate Dustin Jorgensen, Republican, said. "But this is a city that's full of potential."

"I feel we have started in the right direction," added City Council At-Large incumbent Pat Heffner, Republican.

City Council Ward 1 incumbent Brad Deal, a Democrat, said he believed the city's infrastructure needed serious improvements. However, he added most cities across the United States faced the same issue.

"I think the right things are being done," Deal said.

In addition, the candidates were asked about what plans they had to fix the city's infrastructure.

"Folks, we are not alone," Deal said. "Infrastructures (across the board) are bad all over."

The candidates were also asked what they would do about residents driving lawnmowers and mopeds through city streets.

"That answer is tough," Deal said, adding he has discussed the issue with insurance agents.

Glover said the council has discussed adopting an ordinance for the issue.

The three mayoral candidates in attendance, Democrats Brian Wyndham and Beverly Chaney, along with Republican TJ Sneddon then addressed the crowd.

They were first asked how a mayor should represent the city.

Sneddon said public relations were important.

"The mayor has to represent the city," Sneddon said.

"It's starts with the mayor," Chaney added.

"You want the mayor to be an extension of what you are," Wyndham said.

The trio was also asked what their highest priorities were.

Sneddon said bringing business to the city along with repairing roads and the city's ongoing water issues, while Chaney said fixing roads, bringing jobs to the city and bringing people together again.

Wyndham responded with completing the water project, along with fixing the streets and sidewalks.

They were also asked about future annexation.

"I'm definitely for it," Chaney said. "The big thing is, we've got to build our tax base."

They were also asked if they had plans for an industrial park.

While Wyndham said he didn't believe there was a big enough space for one, both Chaney and Sneddon said they believed it was a good idea.

Finally, the three were asked to describe their leadership style and how they would lead.

"You have to face things head on," Sneddon said. "It's a problem solving job. The mayor is the one people look to."

"I will be as honest as I can," Chaney added.

Wyndham said he believed Brazil should be a leader for other cities and towns.

"We're not going to copycat."

Thursday's forum was the only one known to have been scheduled prior to the election, which will take place Tuesday, May 3.

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LOL... Mayor couldn't attend because of water leak. Pooor Poooor excuse...Will not face the people.

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 10:06 PM

Candidates square off in forum


the mayor IS still makeing EXCUSES !

I was there first of all, with the candidates there and the mayor not there , Brazil is Doomed!

I also think a couple of candidates have to much on their plates to be an effective Mayor and the other one ,Not a Clue.

I was concerned about a question about the Police dept. personnel changing or loosing a position or two.

The candidates for mayor are trying to get on the ballot, thats it! one said she would be as honest as she could be, what is that ?

candidates in office say they are doing a good job, all i heard was BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

I did hear the sidewalk project Is finished, think they missed a few or they didnt care enough to put them on the list.

And some didnt want to fix the roads because the water lines need replaced. that excuse has been good for at least 10 years now.

Brazil is Brazil dont think this small town will change.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 5:56 AM

The only thing that has not and will not change in Brazil is people who gripe and complain while doing nothing. If you are unhappy with the direction the city is going and you have ideas then get out and get your name on the ballot. IMO what this city needs most of all is new business and jobs.

-- Posted by no1special on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 8:00 AM

compare this mayor to the past mayors who were just caretakers. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

-- Posted by grays on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 8:25 AM

I really don't understand why the Mayor or Jack Nelson weren't at this forum.

My frustration with the Mayor is that she has yet to attended a forum, either in this campaign, or in her last campaign.

I know the article states that she was meeting with residents concerning the flooding, and I agree that their concerns should be addressed. But, honestly, prospective voters and all citizens deserve an opportunity to hear from the Mayor on what her future plans are for the city.

According to the article in the Brazil Times, the water leak was fixed by 5:15pm, wouldn't that have allowed her time to attend the forum?

It would have been nice to have her there, but as it turned out, we can only assume how she will handle upcoming issues.

A big THANK YOU to the candidates who attended the forum, and to the Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA for hosting this important event!

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM

no1special, yes i think u r right about some doing nothing. i think that is the problem, some names are on the ballot and they already have to much on their plates. some people say gripes and complaints are ideas.

past mayors and present mayor, why compare them? when you take over the job u get the responsibility, just like the new mayor ,whom ever it will be. good Luck to all of them , they will need it

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 9:08 AM

Did you know public speaking is the most dreaded thing people fear? More than death! Could it be Mayor Bradshaw is one of those people? Put yourself up on that platform last night; the questions were unrehearsed and some were not very clear. I think Clerk-Treasurer McQueen did a good job, but she pretty well knew by public outcry what her questions would be.

Bradshaw is Bradshaw. She has done more things for this city and the people in it than many mayors would ever think of doing.

Remember what I said about public speaking. Some do not like to do it and some relish in it.

A closed mouth cannot lie. An open one expels hot air.

Vote Bradshaw for Mayor...

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 9:56 AM

If you can't speak publicly, you should not run for a PUBLIC office. Again excuses, excuses.

In the newspaper on 4-3-11 (online) & 4-4-11 (paper) the mayor & city clerk said street repaving would start at the end of this month. However, the council has publicly said that the street repaving won't start until summer. I believe the mayor & city clerk flat out lied considering the election is May 3rd.

Now now we do have 8 days left in the month so maybe it will start with the magic "rainy day fund" that has so conveniently appeared. I would love to see an accounting of where this money came from. But of course our mayor loves to keep the public guessing.

I am still deciding who to vote for while I gather more information on the candidates. But one thing is for sure, I will NOT be voting for current Mayor Bradshaw!

-- Posted by aab_2010 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 10:40 AM

So many people say look back, it's time to look forward. I have lived in Brazil for 20 years, I haven't seen much done until it is close to an election, wow i think that is just the USA now.

at the YMCA, it was brought to our attention , on clean up day, very few people showed up. Remember : Dont ask what your town can do for you, but what you can do for your town.LOL

Sometime it just takes a new leader for people to follow , if it dont work out, keep voting.

People in office now has had time. heck some has been in office for over 19 years. Time To GET OUT.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 11:20 AM

Of course there will always be those out there that like to say I will not vote for that person. Our country still has our individual opinion in tact. Does not mean everyone agrees with you! I would rather see Mayor Bradshaw out helping people than sitting answering questions about what she would or could be doing any day of the week. Could be when something comes up like these water problems we have had lately that her job doesn't end just because her office is closed for the day. She has said she could be reached anytime! I believe her. She is doing the job the way a mayor is supposed to. She is being there for the people who need assistance. I wouldn't think too much of a mayor that tells people in need, sorry I don't have time for this I have to attend a forum! Great job Mayor Bradshaw, keep up the good work!! Sad that our city has water lines older than most of the residents. No wonder lines leak at any given moment. Just remember that Mayor Bradshaw is not responsible for the old lines either. More and more housing on old lines, bound to happen! If you had a water leak in your home would you leave to go to a meeting? Not if you cared about what was around you.

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 11:36 AM

Working hard on a water leak while sipping coffee at a buddy's coffee bar?

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 11:51 AM

Say it again girl! I'm sure the Mayor doesnt need you to make excuses for her, she does that all by her self and actions. I'm sure she had someone she could of left in charge for a hour . Actions speak louder than words.

It is nice to see that you approve of the mayor, some dont.

I truely dont think any of the candidates will do either a better or worse job than her. i say Vote for whom you like,and if you dont vote ,thats your choice too.

Brazil has had water leaks for ever. So putting the leaks a side, Brazil Still has alot of problems that needs addresed'

Maybe Brazil need a Mayor's spokesperson.....since she is SOOOOOOOO busy

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 12:03 PM

Dagnabbit: I agree that most people fear public speaking, I myself have had that fear, so I can relate to it. However, my job requires me to speak publicly, so I have had to overcome that fear, if I want to retain my position.

I believe, that as a Mayor it is imperative that they communicate with the public, not just one on one, but publicly, or else people assume things about you.

As far as the candidates holding other jobs, there are a lot of people who work two jobs and do so quite effectively, it comes down to time management.

There are several people who work for the city who have second jobs. Even the Police Chief has a business on the side. So, does that mean that the people who have two jobs, are less effective?

Brazil is considered a Third Class City according to Indiana's classification, so is there an IC number that states that the Mayor must serve full time?

I'm just asking.

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 12:49 PM

The current state of the city goes back a long time. Decades of corruption and mismanagement and people in office with bigger egos than Charlie Scheen have made Brazil what it is today.

-- Posted by no1special on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 2:32 PM

I agree with BRZLBOY. There are many of you old enough to remember how Brazil was 30 to 40 years ago. Obviously those who have "served" the city through the council or Mayor's office for the last 20 years need to go. Drive through Greencastle or Danville or Martinsville and then look at Brazil. It's sad and we deserve better and so do our children and grandchildren.

-- Posted by Faire Lady on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 3:12 PM

"Rainy day fund", I have an idea on a good candidate for this type of allocation of additional funds. Does Feb. 21st ring a bell? Home flooded with raw sewage does that make it easier? Im having trouble with getting rest of repairs completed, running out of my own money. Want to pony up some dough??????? Guess who I'm votin for? Just drive by......

-- Posted by Nikki_Matthews on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 4:11 PM

I don't think it would matter if the Mayor showed up and spoke. Whatever she says may or may not be the truth. I think she believes she has done a good job. She would be the first to brag about the one street that was paved in this city in the past decade. That paving job is a joke. It looks like one big patch job. It was uneven and unlevel the first day. I know they think they are saving money, but it will cost more in the long run by not doing it right the first time. We need someone who will bring quality repair/replacement as work is done. If that job was satisfactory, I would fire whoever was in charge.

I am amazed anyone would consider voting for a Mayor who very well may end up in jail for doing the very thing she has alleged someone else has done.

I may not know the candidates well, but I will sooner give them the benefit of a doubt until they prove themselves otherwise.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 4:15 PM

I would like to see a real DEBATE , no forget the debate. get about 15 questions call one candidate in at a time , give then 3 minutes to answer the question. See how that works for them.

do this about 4 different times, so we can Really educate ourselves.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 4:21 PM

I don't live in the city so..all I can say is read the introductions the various candidates have put in the paper...How many REALLY state their accomplishments and experience and how many just state who they are related to and try to piggy back on others' accomplishments? Too many times people are elected as in a popularity contest and not for the right reasons. Not saying it isn't a hard decision to make but if I were voting I could easily eliminate a few just from what they DIDN'T say in their introduction article in the paper. At least one never even write anything about what THEY had done in their life....Makes me want to ask why they think they are qualified to run for an office. I think too many have been elected in the past because they were related to some bubba who was so and so's great nephew or married to a twice removed cousin. When these people are elected no wonder they can't figure out how to do their job.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 7:12 PM

I so agree with you Jenny. I think they have a word for that and it's called nepotism, which Bradshaw defined during her tenure and I think TJ Sneddon is using as part of his so called 'credentials' as well. As far as Wyndham goes, well not much of an impression or an opinion there except for his innuendo and poor choice of chum's such as Sam Glover. Now Chaney, well, do I really need to say how credible her honesty values seem to be as well as her intent's are? This is, however, only my opinion. But I can say that being a postal clerk, owning a B&B, and very briefly serving as a township trustee hardly seems to qualify someone to be a mayor. Surely there has to be some kind of mandatory qualifications for the job. However, this is Brazil Indiana. Enough said... Just take a look at Bradshaw. Now thats a joke.

-- Posted by Hmmmm... on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 8:06 PM

I think the only qualifications are

1. be at least 18 that way you will get 1 vote if noone else votes.

2. have a pulse with in 24 hours of election

3. live close to brazil

4.long arms to pat yourself on your back

5 talk in circles and if you cant do that, AVOID, AVOID

I thought about running and i know I'm not qualified, at least i would ask if i didnt know

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 8:22 PM

Mayor Bradshaw has done a wonderful job, and I know she will continue to do a wonderful job. It takes a strong and dedicated person to keep on going when everyone around is so negative. There is always gonna be someone who thinks they can do it better, in this town, there seems to be quite a few. But looks like only 4 were serious enough about it to run for Mayor instead of sitting at home whining about it on here. Good luck Mrs. Bradshaw, you have my vote.

-- Posted by Tabby on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 9:32 AM

Local/municipal elections, especially in Clay County/Brazil, are usually nothing more than a popularity contest. If voters would look at these elections as job interviews rather than a homecoming king/queen contest, then maybe we'd have a better chance of getting the right people in the right jobs.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 2:19 AM

TABBY .. I can only respond to your comment "only 4 were serious enough about it to run for Mayor".

I'm smart enough to know what a "pay cut" means.

I'll pass this time around.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 12:02 PM


Wow .. interesting (and depressing) view of Brazil, Indiana on WIKI.

Brazil's sewer/drainage system dates from the early 20th century. Even though large section of the sewer system were replaced in the late 20th century, a moderate rainstorm will cause the storm drain system to back up and flood town streets.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 12:14 PM

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