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Results from Primary Straw Poll

Sunday, May 1, 2011

For approximately two weeks, online readers have been able to participate in a non-scientific straw poll at www.thebraziltimes.com.

The poll was officially closed Sunday, at 12:30 p.m.

Straw polls provide important interactive dialogue among movements within large groups, reflecting trends like organization and motivation.

Voting eligibility in specific districts did not restrict voters. Results are provided as entertainment -- and as an indication of voter opinion of those using The Brazil Times' website.

In the poll, readers were asked to give their opinion on three city council positions as well as the Mayor's race.

The following are results from The Brazil Times' 2011 Municipal Primary Election Straw Poll:

Mayor of Brazil

* Brian Wyndham (D) -- 35.5 percent,

* Ann Bradshaw (D) -- 21.7 percent,

* TJ Sneddon (R) -- 20.3 percent,

* John S. Nelson (R) -- 8.8 percent,

* Beverly Chaney (D) 1.4 percent,

* Undecided -- 12.4 percent

City Council At-Large

* Pat Heffner (R) -- 41.5 percent,

* Tyler Hutcheson (D) -- 40.1 percent,

* Undecided -- 18.4 percent

City Council Ward 1

* Brad Deal (D) -- 59.9 percent,

* Gary Rickert (R) -- 20.3 percent,

* Undecided -- 19.8 percent

City Council Ward 4

* Dustin Jorgensen (R) -- 42.4 percent,

* Bill Lovett (D) -- 36.4 percent,

* Undecided -- 21.4 percent

The following are voter statistics from the straw poll:


* Male -- 59.3 percent,

* Female 40.7 percent


* 18-27 -- 14.3 percent

* 28-37 -- 16.9 percent,

* 38-37 -- 17.3 percent,

* 47-55 -- 20.8 percent,

* 55-plus -- 30.7 percent


* Brazil -- 71.4 percent,

* Northern Clay County -- 16.5 percent,

* Southern Clay County -- 12.1 percent

Political Party

* Democrat -- 30.3 percent,

* Independent -- 16.0 percent,

* Libertarian -- 1.7 percent,

* Republican -- 35.9 percent,

* No Affiliation -- 16 percent

Income Level

* $0-$25,000 -- 16.6 percent,

* $26,000-$50,000 -- 38.6 percent,

* $51,000-$75,000 -- 25.1 percent,

* $76,000-plus -- 19.7 percent

Preferred method of receiving political advertising

* Newspaper -- 34.2 percent,

* Newspaper (online) -- 42.7 percent,

* Radio -- 2.7 percent,

* Yard signs -- 11.6 percent,

* Direct Mailing -- 4 percent,

* Other -- 4.9 percent

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Those numbers add up to over 100% for each one. How does that work?

-- Posted by JHeffner on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 8:32 PM

The top two, rather.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 8:33 PM

Good Luck Tyler Hutcheson

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 8:34 PM

Thanks for correcting the numbers.

-- Posted by JHeffner on Sun, May 1, 2011, at 9:22 PM

I just really hope someone other than bradshaw is mayor itll be nice to have someone who doesnt accidently overpay themselves

-- Posted by rshackelford37 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 12:02 AM


-- Posted by BTruth1958 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 2:25 AM

Maybe should vote for someone you cannot google in the news and who isn't related to anyone else in community. Just saying...too many incidences of nepotism when it comes to job performance in this county. I am forever finding out that someone I complain about not doing their job in Clay County who isn't performing well in their job is related to current or former "big shot", a slum lord, or someone else who is draining the county dry by looking good so they will be re elected but not really doing what is right for good of the community themselves...All about me me me or my relation, my relation, my relation and not about improving things for all and planning ahead to avoid disasters and disrepair.

Good public servants make decisions that help the community. Not their own pocketbooks.

Maybe instead of debating, candidates need to report on their family tree so voters can look into who they may be beholding to before they vote for them. Just saying...

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 8:58 AM


Pickett, who was a democrat did unspeakable damage to this town. We the citizens are still paying for his mismanagement and dishonesty.

Arthur, was a democrat who should have stayed a teacher as he had no management skills and had no clue how to run a city.

Mayor Bradshaw a democrat is not currently performing adequately if you go by public opinion and the non-scientific straw poll.

Sounds to me that another democrat in office is what we don't need.

unless you can find an honest politician (of either party), I think you'd probably have a better chance of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 9:27 AM

Brazilresident2003, you posted:

"rshackelford37.... hope it is someone who went to school nd learn to spell and type..... Wyndam has his hands in to many pots now... auctions- insurance- FOP violations. If he is with the city police that are in with the F.O.P. we are in big trouble cause they aren't what we need for protecting and serving..."

Before you ridicule someone for typing and spelling errors, maybe you yourself should use spell check before hitting the enter key. There is supposed to be an "a" in the word "and" as well as an "ed" at the end of "learn". You should have also used the word "because" instead of "cause". Those two words do not mean the same thing. As you read my post you will see that I am not an English or Vocabulary teacher so I won't comment further on this than stating the obvious.

As far as your statement that Mr. Wyndham has his hands in to many pots, I believe he is a local business man (part owner of a family insurance and auction business) who also has some prior Government experience. Not too many pot's so far.

You then went on to include the (alleged) FOP violations as one of his many pots. This statement just makes you appear uneducated and desperate.

When a candidate receives an endorsement, it does not mean the candidate has any connection with those endorsing them what-so-ever. It certainly does not mean that the any liability that should arise from that endorsement would cause the candidate to have his or her hands so full with day to day issues arising from it that he or she could not focus on the position they are seeking adequately.

What it means is simply this,

The person or persons endorsing a candidate believes this particular candidate to be more in line with what those endorsing them holds to be important on the issues he or she is interested in.

Finally, I did a little research myself and found the correct non-profit IRS code for the FOP to be 501 (c )(8).

501 (c )(8) reads in part Political activity is not considered a fraternal activity. But engaging in political activity does not, in and of itself, give rise to revocation of exemption. Therefore, a fraternal beneficiary society, so long as it is primarily engaged in fraternal activities and the provision of benefits to its members and their dependents within the meaning of IRC 501(c)(8), may engage in some political activities, including intervention in political campaigns on behalf of, or in opposition to, candidates for public office, without jeopardizing its exempt status. See GCM 34985 (Aug. 10, 1972). Nevertheless, the organization would be subject to tax on its political expenditures under IRC 527(f).

After reading that law, I think those slamming the F.O.P. should have done a little more research themselves. It wasn't that hard to find. Just saying

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 10:48 AM

Try 503 (c)(3) Google the FOP in Brazil and you will see what they have.

-- Posted by You Think? on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 12:57 PM

It is time to vote new people into office. Remember, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.

-- Posted by Faire Lady on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 2:32 PM

Sorry that I spoke the obvious BrazilResidents2003 about your beloved mayor and your right maybe I should learn how to spell and type but im not the mayor nor am I running for it. I am Brazil citizen and want a mayor who will help the community who that may be I dont know but I do know that the same problems the current came in with we still have. I couldnt care any less about the rules of the FOP maybe the police in this town would like to work for someone they dont have to worry about saying the wrong thing and getting demoted or fired I highly doubt u would like to work in that kind of enviorment. I dont know who the answer for mayor is but I do know I would rather have someone who does a good job and doesnt fill their own pockets with my and your money!

-- Posted by rshackelford37 on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 8:16 PM

One thing that has always bothered me is the fact that people always wants what is in their best interest with little regard as to how it affects the interest of their neighbor and all levels of government seem to respond by growing, writing bodies of law that you cannot read in a year, and taxing the population into poverty and revolt. Perhaps this is why civilizations wax and wane.

Government, by its very nature, is restrictive of freedom. Therefore, I believe that a government should do what it is set up to do and nothing else. That means that most governments overstepped the limits almost before the ink dried on the documents that established them.

People are people. You will have over-achievers, the average, and under-achievers. You will have those that abide by the law, those that break the law by oversight, error, and miscalculation, and you will have those who break the law by intent.

Now, we are expressing opinions here, everyone has one and is entitled to hold and express it. Mine is that we will decide at the ballot box and deal with the consequences of that choice. Our city will survive either way.

Best of luck to all of the candidates.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 9:09 PM

I just have to comment on Jenny Moore. Since she is not from Brazil. This was your smartest post yet, maybe just maybe you understand Brazilians to a point. Keep observing and taking notes you are learning.....

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 9:43 PM


I don't usually read your posts past the first paragraph because they're too long, but I wish more people would take to heart what you said here.

"One thing that has always bothered me is the fact that people always wants what is in their best interest with little regard as to how it affects the interest of their neighbor...

"People are people. You will have over-achievers, the average, and under-achievers. You will have those that abide by the law, those that break the law by oversight, error, and miscalculation, and you will have those who break the law by intent.

"...we will decide at the ballot box and deal with the consequences of that choice. Our city will survive either way."

-- Posted by JHeffner on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 10:44 PM

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