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Democratic candidates meet community

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Democratic candidates at the meet-and-greet included, (from left) Tyler Hutcheson, Karen McQueen, Bill Lovett, Brian Wyndham and Chuck Toth. Not pictured Ann Bradshaw and Brad Deal. [Order this photo]
Democratic candidates held a meet-and-greet and offered residents a chance to get to know their local politicians.

The meet-and-greet was held at the Democratic Headquarters, located in the Murphy building on Main Street.

Among those in attendance were, Brian Wyndham, running for Mayor, Ann Bradshaw, running for Ward Three, Tyler Hutcheson running for City at Large, Karen McQueen, running for Clerk-Treasurer, Bill Lovett running for Ward Four and Chuck Toth running for state representative District 46.

Wyndham, along with many other candidates, addressed the problems with area roads.

"Street repair is a big issue," Wyndham said.

"I'd like to see us explore the possibility of doing that in-house ... get some equipment and do (repairs) with our own people in a systematic way."

Bradshaw was another candidate who commented on the state of the roads.

"We've started looking at road paving and now that needs to become the priority," Bradshaw said.

Wyndham also said he wants to work more closely with existing industries in Brazil.

"I think it's imperative that the mayor does (work with existing industries) and develops a very good working relationship with our existing industry," Wyndham said.

"Because they're our backbone, that's our core group and they're critical."

Hutcheson, who is the technical director for the department of music and theatre at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, said one of his main goals is cleaning up the city.

"I've been really active in civic service for a number of years," Hutcheson said.

"It started when I was younger and my father was really active; he organized several cleanup days for the city."

Hutcheson said now he is more involved.

"For the last five years I've been involved with several organizations, like Christmas in the Park, and I myself organized a city cleanup day, Hutcheson said. "I was also active with the grant process for getting the new water tower."

Hutcheson said another focus of his is to bring more jobs to the city.

McQueen also touched on road problems.

"We've completed road paving, and we plan on doing more," McQueen said.

"Roads are absolutely horrible in this town.

They've been an eye-sore and a problem forever, and I would really like to see money continue to be put aside for road paving."

McQueen also said that one of her biggest strengths is experience.

"What I can bring to the table is five years of experience in the office and I've gone to almost every training that's been offered through State Board of Accounts and Indiana League of Municipal Clerk-Treasurers," McQueen said.

Lovett said that experience is one of his strengths as well.

"I know the needs of all the departments," Lovett said. "I have worked for every department, except for fire."

He also said he was proud of the paving that has been done thus far and feels the city will be able to complete more paving projects in the near future.

Chuck Toth, Terre Haute, running for state representative District 46, was also on hand to meet citizens.

Toth said his platform consists of three main points, with jobs being the first priority.

"Jobs are number one; jobs are the engine that makes everything else run," Toth said.

"If I get elected I'm going to go to the state house and get manufacturing jobs back ... I'm going to go after jobs really hard; I represent people for a living, that's my job.

I represent working men and women everyday and I try to get them jobs and protect their jobs."

Toth said his second focus is with the school systems and working to protect teachers' jobs.

"The experimental charter schools are the ones where they want to take public tax payer money to pay for these private schools, and I don't think it's a good idea," Toth said.

"I think it's going to encourage a snowball effect where it will encourage the gap between the rich and everyone else ... it's slowly eroding away at the middle class."

His third focus is to continue supporting the CHOICE program (Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled), which gives families more of a decision for care for elderly family members.

"It's a better transition and it's a better program," Toth said.

Elections will take place Nov. 8.

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what the heck... is Bradshaw a Vampire, and doesn't want her picture taken ??? Or is she just scared to talk to the public and be confronted on her NOT helping the local community? She talks about the houses the City paid for. But guess what... NO one has purchased one of them, so us tax payers have paid for renovations to 7 homes and NO returns back to the city. Wow so that is something that Steve Lamb can run on since he wants to keep her agenda going for 4 more years. I HOPE NOT..

-- Posted by xray on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 9:50 PM

One quick thought, the individuals in this picture are all wearing bluejeans? In my opinion you have to dress for success. Show a little respect for the office and dress appropriately....Professionalism goes a long way in the minds of voters. What's next coming in to work in sweats....

-- Posted by ynm_gop on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 7:33 AM

There is no disrespect being shown by the candidates. The gathering was casual and informal and there was no reason for the candidates to dress up for this event. I attended the political forum that was held at the YMCA last week and the majority of the candidates dressed professionally.

-- Posted by Larah1 on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 9:22 AM

Had you been present Clueless Bob, you would know Ms Bradshaw showed up on time and had her picture made but Karen McQueen was late and not in the picture and she insisted the Times person come back and take a picture with her in it. KM was an hour late and therefore Ms Bradshaw was not present by then for new picture. It doesn't matter if we like or dislike a canidate but facts should be known before commenting.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Oct 28, 2011, at 11:02 AM

Oh No!! Mr. Bill Bla. Bla. Bla.

-- Posted by xray on Fri, Oct 28, 2011, at 1:23 PM

i attended this meeting also, I still think none of these people will do anything for Brazil, only to help line their pockets .

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Sun, Oct 30, 2011, at 5:45 PM

They are "Democrat" candidates or "Democrat party" candidates NOT "Democratic" candidates.

-- Posted by USAirman on Mon, Oct 31, 2011, at 4:48 PM

Chuck Toth needs to re-read his talking points or get someone to fact check them. If he's going to start talking about education reform he had better learn the difference between a charter school and a private school. Someone should also let him know that the CHOICE program he is worried about was fully funded by the current General Assembly and was voted for by his future opponent, that is if he were to win his party nominination, Representative Bob Heaton.

-- Posted by GOPman on Tue, Nov 1, 2011, at 3:16 PM

USAirman- You're mistaken, the party is officially called the Democratic party, not the Democrat party.

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Nov 3, 2011, at 11:59 PM

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