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Farm Bureau to host Meet the Candidate Night Tuesday

Friday, October 12, 2012

All Greene County residents are invited to a Farm Bureau, Inc. sponsored "Meet the Candidate Night" on Tuesday at the Greene County Extension Office at the fairgrounds.

Greene County Farm Bureau Inc. President Garry Heshelman said doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m.

"We invited candidates from the governor's race on down," Heshelman explained, noting the forum will focus mainly on county-elected positions.

Heshelman said this event is an opportunity to hear from candidates as they prepare for the Nov. 6 election.

Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg will not be in attendance due to a prior commitment, but a representative of the campaign will in attendance.

Heshelman said there has not been a response a response from Republican candidate Mike Pence as of Thursday.

Candidates will be given four minutes to discuss their platforms, and there will not be a question and answer section.

"If they get there early, there will be time before and after (the event) to talk on a one-on-one basis," Heshelman noted.

He noted the representatives will not be able to speak on behalf of the candidates, but they can discuss issues with those in attendance before or after the event.

"We usually have a really good response (from candidates)," Heshelman said.

He added Farm Bureau will offer refreshments such as apple cider, cookies and other items.

Farm Bureau, Inc. has been sponsoring the Meet the Candidate Night each election since 2006, Heshelman said.

Originally during the public forum Heshelman served as the moderator in asking questions, but in recent years the event has given the candidates free reign to discuss topics.

"We would just like to provide another opportunity for people in Greene County to meet the candidates and ask questions," Heshelman said.

He added Farm Bureau hopes to have a full house at the event while locals support their candidate of choice.

"We hope people will come listen and show their support, and maybe if someone hasn't made up their mind yet they can do that," Heshelman said.

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