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Updated: 08/26/2014 08:48:28PM

Helms, Davidson square off — sort of — at candidate forum

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Larry Helms, one of two candidates running for 10 Circuit Court Judge, District 10, Group 16, responds to a question posed at the Tuesday, Aug. 5 League of Women Voters of Polk County candidate forum.

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Taylor Davidson listens to what the question is before giving his response. He was one of two candidates who appeared before the Tuesday, Aug. 5 League of Women Voters of Polk County candidate forum in the race for the 10th Circuit, Group 16 judge vacancy.

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Circuit Judge candidate Taylor Davidson speaks at Tuesday's political forum the League of Women Voters sponsored.

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Taylor Davidison, a candidate for circuit judge, speaks at Tuesday's political forum at the Neil Combee Administration Complex. His oppoent in the race is Larry Helms who is to his left.

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Larry Helms speaks at Tuesday's political forum at the Neil Combee Administration Complex.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

nancy Simmons, the questioner in Tuesday's political forum, sits bfore circuit judge candidates Larry Helms and Taylor Davidson in the Neil Combee Administration Complex.

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Larry Helms speaks at Tuesday's political forum at the Neil Combee Administration Complex.

By STEVE STEINER

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Only two candidates for the race for 10th Circuit Group 16 judge — Taylor Davidson and Larry Helms — made up the panel at the Tuesday, Aug. 5 candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Polk County. That was because the only other judicial race, for Group 2, had already been determined and Michelle Pincket will be on the bench. Her then-opponent, Christine Trakas Thornhill had withdrawn from the race this past July as part of a pre-trial intervention agreement with the State Attorney’s Office of Jerry Hill, which had investigated and determined deliberate financial campaign wrongdoing to circumvent state statutes had occurred.

The forum between Helms and Davidson followed an earlier forum with the six candidates — three of them incumbents — vying for seats on the Polk County Public Schools Board, in which only a small number of people were present, estimated between 25-35 people; a number of those chose not to remain in the Board of County Commissioners chamber following the school board presentation.

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