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Election Time

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Brian Wyndham
TJ Sneddon
Wyndham, Sneddon to face off in fall

The results are in and the City of Brazil will have a new mayor in November.

Brazil residents headed to the polls Tuesday for the 2011 Municipal Primary Election.

Three candidates squared off against one another on the Democratic ticket with two on the Republican ticket.

On the Democratic side, Brian Wyndham tallied 398 votes (51.82 percent), edging out incumbent Mayor Ann Bradshaw -- who had 331 votes (43.1 percent).

Beverly Chaney also finished with 39 votes (5.08 percent).

Wyndham, who ran for the position in the 2007 primary, said he had gained quite a bit of experience in the past few years.

"I have a lot of great support," he said. "That turned the tide."

Wyndham added he believed the race was going to be close, no matter what the outcome.

"Without a doubt," he said. "But I did feel confident that our team had put together a good campaign.

"I think we started out behind, then we started gaining momentum. Then we peaked at the right time. I had a lot of good help and we worked hard."

Bradshaw -- the City of Brazil's first female Mayor -- took the position on an interim basis after Thom Arthur resigned in 2007.

She was then elected to the post at the end of 2007.

She said she was proud of her campaign.

"I will say that I ran a clean campaign," she said. "I put it in God's hands."

Bradshaw told The Brazil Times she was proud of her accomplishments while in office.

"I feel like I did the best I could with what we had," she said. "I hope it continues. I hope (the new administration) sees it through."

Chaney told The Times she may run for office again in the future.

"I didn't expect a whole lot," Chaney said. "This let's people know I wanted to try to make some changes."

On the Republican ticket, TJ Sneddon won the primary with 204 votes (68 percent). John (Jack) Nelson finished with 96 votes (32 percent).

Sneddon said he was pleased with the victory.

"We felt pretty confident we'd do well today," he said. "Sixty-eight percent? I'd say that's not too bad.

"It's been a very interesting experience. I talked to a lot of people and that's important to me."

Nelson could not be reached for comment.

Both Wyndham and Sneddon said they are anticipating the fall election.

"We look forward to being on the ballot," Wyndham said.

"We're going to go out there and talk to people and get our ideas out," Sneddon added.

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After this falls election we are going to have a new mayor. YAY!!!!!

-- Posted by bigfoot1 on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 8:21 PM

congratulations Brazil residents!!!!!


Brian Wyndham Has my Vote!!!!

-- Posted by computerdx on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 8:22 PM

Very proud of Brian Wyndham and the way he ran his campaign. He had alot of good help and supporters. So nice to see an honest person in that position. Looking forward to many changes to come. Way to go Brian! I'm a Proud supporter of ABBA!!!

-- Posted by letsgettherealtruth on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 8:55 PM

I love it! Everyone is so excited they are going to get a new mayor... to B**ch about!!!! How long until we start putting down the new mayor that gets elected? 1 month. 6 months, 2 years?

-- Posted by really?inbrazil? on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 9:17 PM

I think they will both do a great job as well. I just know as well as you should too that people are going to be on here just to stir up the drama. It if you write down all of the people who are saying yay! and everything else now. I would bet 30 steak dinners that one of these people will have something negative to say before their term is up. If she wants to run that is her thing and for people in that ward. I don't think anyone is running yet? We need to have someone in there! There are a few employees I'm sure should have been gone before the election that I hope she boots before she's in there.

-- Posted by really?inbrazil? on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 9:50 PM

Brazil needs a professional city manager....not a mayor. Disappointing!

-- Posted by hoosier01 on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 9:52 PM

Glad to see Ann go, but I would Bet Nothing will change for Brazil

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 10:07 PM

i have only 1 question for both.... What is the Mayor of Brazil'S job? no beating around the bush or circle talk.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 10:12 PM

Carebuttonbroke, you are right. You can't do a thing when there is no money there.

-- Posted by really?inbrazil? on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 10:14 PM

we are going in the right direction for mayor now.

Brian will do a great job.

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 10:50 PM

It was clear to me that Bradshaw would not be reelected when she was branded as honest on a Terre Haute news station. This is the kiss of death for a politician. And what's up with the Fraternal Order of Police breaking the law to endorse a candidate and the Clay County Election Board punting the issue until after the election?

-- Posted by BrazilWatch on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 11:09 PM


An investigation was called for but that does not mean the FOP broke the law, it just means they are looking into allegations. When Chief Pierce called WTHI to report it he should have done a little more investigation himself and found out they did nothing wrong. Guess the allegations didnt do any good.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 11:23 PM

you all sound like a bunch of witless complainers on here post something that makes sense or stay off here

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 11:49 PM

In a community of around 16,000 people, it took just under 1,100 to make the decision that changes the course (or not) of how this community will continue. For all of you that complain that Brazil will never change, you are right. However, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Mayor or the Clerk or any other elected office.

It has everything to do with apathy and lack of community involvement of the people. Brazil can be and is, a wonderful community. Most of you have made the conscious effort to make your home in this city. Now is the time to step up and say, "What can I do to make my community better?"

Instead of running down the officials and bashing others while hiding your identities behind made up names on a computer screen. I challenge you to do something to further your city. Become a member of your community instead of a detractor.

I usually don't post on this site, as it is a forum specifically made for this type of bashing. I urge you to find a more positive outlet for your displeasure in the way our city has been going, by helping our elected officials, not running them down in a forum online that has no redeeming social value.

This is my opinion, and only my opinion. It is in no way endorsed or supported by any other person than myself (at this point). I urge you to get involved. Make Brazil the city it can be...the city it used to be. Be involved.

-- Posted by RickS on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 2:48 AM

ricks, i do agree with a Few things very few

in your comment. alot of brazilbillies could of voted but their choice they Didnt. maybe its because they Know it doesnt matter who gets in , Nothing will change. we can blame the towns people for not being involved but in the past and present , i know they dont want help.tried!

voting is a choice, if you choose not to vote , that is a choice. some say if u dont vote , u cant complain.... i say, choose rep, dem, or note to vote , that is a choice!

We will see what the new mayor does. they both have a full plate, maybe their personal bussiness will grow faster than Brazil.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 6:19 AM


this is in response to your comments. we put our faith and trust in our elected officials to perform a job for us. this faith and trust is based on the promises they make; that changes will take place. it has everything to do with the elected officials; they are the ones calling the shots. these elected officials are the ones with the decision making powers.

for your information there are a few of us that have tried to help our current and former public officials. there are also a few of us that do help our neighbors and other people in this community.

i personally have tried to resolve flooding issues that have been going on for 18 years. i and my sons had to dig a ditch by hand to relieve some of the runoff being unlawfully dumped on my property. i have to periodicly make sure that the inadequite storm drains in my neighborhood are clear. many hours i researched federal loan and grant options and gave this information to a prior elected city official. all the effort that i put in; resulted in a park sidewalk for one of their croonies. due to the fact that these elected officials knew there was a problem and failed to act; i had to get idem involed just to keep raw sewage and other unspeakable things from being unlawfully deposited on my property. one of these elected officials, lives one block from me. this individual has been in an elected city government position for many years. they have watched my property be destroyed on not one; but, three ocassions.

and you talk about a lack of the effort from the community. anyone who has had to drag their wife and children through the city's waste on three occasions; has had enough.

the negligence and the failure to act when it comes to these elected officials is unacceptable. the failure of brazil city administration is at fault; not the people in this community.

and by the way; i don't hide behind a screen name. i am mark bedwell, 304 s. franlin st., brazil, 812-691-6176

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 6:36 AM

I think Mayor Bradshaw did a decent job while in office. Did she do everything that needed done? No. Could she? No. Did she focus on the right things? I would disagree with some decisions. But in the end, she performed a "thankless" job and is not going to leave the office in a mountain of debt or shame.

I for one, appreciate that there are people willing to take on this job when all they are going to get is criticism and low pay. So in that respect, "Thank you" Mayor Bradshaw for your service and for what you did accomplish. However, I did not vote for you. It is time for someone else.

The previous comments about the ones saying "Yay" will be the same ones complaining, are correct. I've said it before and I'm saying it again...All level of politics, especially at the local level, is all about winning a popularity contest (an election), then if you are doing the job responsibly, you are probably going to have to do unpopular things. And alot of the voting public just doesn't get that.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 7:23 AM

...a community of 16,000???

The last I heard, only a little over 8,000 people lived in Brazil. Of course, thats of all ages, not just those of voting age or more specifically eligible voters which makes that number even more significantly smaller.

I understand the point though, the low voter turnout is very disheartening...but sadly not unexpected.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 7:29 AM

I noticed on tv that charlie brown was the first to congradulate wyndham. Interesting!!

-- Posted by grays on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 8:13 AM

40 years ago the police department helped defeat bert morlan by 68 votes. if you want to save real money do away with the police department and hire a couple more deputies on the sheriff's department,

-- Posted by grays on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 8:24 AM

Do away with the Police Dept. to save money, Lmao. ive read some dumb stuff on here but this is #1.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 9:36 AM

RickS, I'm glad you use your real name and not a screen name.

-- Posted by BWare on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 9:43 AM


The former police chief you are referring to was court ordered to testify on behalf of police records by the court. Do your homework! Anyone can get that information from the courthouse. Now if you would be so kind as to give your real name so hopefully that former police chief can sue you for slander. Be careful what you say, it may come back to bite you one day. Have a good day!

-- Posted by ArmyGuy99 on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 10:54 AM

To RickS are you taking into consideration that a lot of residents that have Brazil addresses are not even allowed to vote in this election, even though that outcome affects them as well, just because they are considered outside city limits.

-- Posted by benna30 on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 11:02 AM

When is the Debate between the to running for mayor? hope there is more than just one

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 11:25 AM

My apologies, my numbers were off...you are certainly correct. That people need to be a part of the community instead of expecting the few elected officials to do it all.

Mark, thank you for your comments, it is nice to be able to have a conversation with another human being and not a screen name. I also have had my issues with Brazil City. After several years of living at my current address, I had the unfortunate enlightening that my sewer was never (never) hooked up to the existing main sewer line. I had to replace the entire thing out of pocket and dig up my street and repair any damage I did in the process. I understand your frustration.

I still stick to my statement, that we should all be involved. Some of us are already there. My hat is off to all of you who give back to the community in what ever way you do!

-- Posted by RickS on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 11:54 AM


-- Posted by SNG621 on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 12:57 PM

grays thats an excellent idea, the county appears to handle the big things in the city anyway while the city cops try to figure ways to not accept calls from citizens they argue and infight and this is factual because the fop endorsement was obviously not a mutual decision within the p.d. it looks like two groups in the p.d. who don't support each other or take their fair share of calls or work fair amount of time compared to the officers considered to be out of their group, the p.d. should be a major priority of the Mayor lets get rid of these dead weight bullies and use the money on our roads and more officers for the County to cover Brazil, and new hires, not ones from the current mess they refer to as Brazil p.d.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 1:34 PM

Personally I dread the thought of having someone in Mayor Bradshaw's place. How would everyone who works enjoy people saying, "oh well, it was about time we replaced that person." Even if the other person has no experience and just walked in off the streets. Unless they brought a magic wand how are they going to do any better? The mayors before Ann did not accomplish what they were expected to do either. So does this mean that until the economy gets better we will never have a mayor that seems to do the job correctly? Each election we will get a new mayor. That is like playing the lottery until the town gets some big time money rolling in! Or the new mayor(whoever that may be) will just raise something that will cost the taxpayers more! Water and sewage maybe? Fasten your seat belts for a bumpy ride........ Congrats to Ann for a job well done!!

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 4:07 PM

Since the current Mayor was voted out, i hope Sneddon gets elected in the fall.

-- Posted by bowling on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 9:37 PM


think you need to go back and read the posts again. nothing was said about any former chief; think you need to direct your comments to brazilresident2003. we all makes mistakes so don't worry about it.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 4:21 AM