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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Let your voice be heard in local politics

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Now is the time for all good voters and concerned citizens to come to the aid of their city and county. There’s a free hot dog or hamburger in it for you, so this must be a win-win situation for all! For months now there has been much talk about the city council, police department, school board, and county commission. Many newspapers articles and editorials have been written about the near-famous meetings, as well as the publishing of some editorial cartoons. Letters have been written to the newspaper. Stories abound all over Facebook and on the street about what’s going on in those meetings, between elected officials and the public and a lot of it seems controversial, to put it mildly.

Today (August 7) at the office of The Arcadian newspaper (108 S. Polk Ave, across the street from the rodeo mural) there will be a gathering of candidates running for city council, county commissioners board, city marshal, and school board and your chance to not only meet them, but to ask them questions and get to know them, if you don’t already. Those candidates for city council are William Bailey, Susan Coker, Dick Fazzone, Keith Keene, Candice Reid, Judy Wertz Strickland, Delshay Turner, and Mitchell Watson. Of those eight, Keene is the only incumbent, while Fazzone is a former council member. Running for city marshal is incumbent Matt Anderson and challengers Cliff Brown and Lorenzo Dixon. Those seeking seats on the school board are incumbent Ronny Allen, along with Roosevelt Johnson, Maria Moreno and Daniel Via. For county commissioner positions, incumbent Elton Langford is facing Chris Stephens, while incumbent James Selph is facing Virginia Algar and Mike Hall. All candidates have been invited to attend the gathering, which will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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