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Yard signs don't tell us much about political candidates' goals and aspirations for running for office. Newspaper advertisements do a better job and we at The News appreciate the trust candidates place in us when purchasing ads that share their views, outline goals and ask for voters' support.
There are other ways to learn about candidates seeking votes in the May 4 primary. One of the best and most reliable is to talk with them as they make their rounds in neighborhoods and attend public events. We know candidates for county offices have been wearing out shoe leather in recent weeks and will, no doubt, be doing the same as the primary approaches. Take the opportunity to ask candidates about their reasons for running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.
We invite everyone to attend a candidate forum set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Schergens Center in Tell City. It will draw candidates for the contested offices of coroner, treasurer, county council, commissioner and sheriff.
Each will be given time to introduce themselves and will be posed questions. Hearing candidates think on their feet and answer relevant questions is a good chance for voters to assess the men and women seeking votes.
Other candidates not facing primary races have been invited to meet with voters. They will be introduced but won't give opening statements or be posed questions.
We've received questions from the community and will incorporate those into our own lists. We pledge to ask relevant questions of candidates. Questions will be fair but firm.
We're hoping for a crowd Thursday evening and we encourage your attendance. Those unable to be there in person can tune in to the live broadcast offered graciously by radio station WTCJ 105.7 FM. The forum will be streamed online at www.tellcityradio.com.
Attend, listen and decide which candidates offer what you're looking for.
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