Senate candidates in town for event Saturday

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By Scotty McDaniel

The Women's Network, which bills itself as Advocates of Democratic Principles, selected Shelbyville for its annual meeting, bringing an array of notable political figures to speak Saturday on key issues faced by the state and country.

“Shelbyville was selected to host it because we’re a fairly active chapter. We have a good history of bringing in very interesting speakers,” said Marty Lanus, moderator for the event, which will be held at at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

This Kentucky-based organization is committed to getting Kentucky women to take part in the political process, thereby increasing their influence in policy. However, the group also has male as members.

Saturday’s event –  entitled “Yes, We Can!” – will see experts address poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and other important issues facing the commonwealth. 

The event will begin with Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, giving a keynote speech on “How Poverty and Adversity Affect Children in our Society.”

More than a dozen other speakers will participate, including State Auditor Crit Luallen as the featured speaker.

Starting at 1 p.m. U.S. Senate candidates will also hold an open forum at which Jack Conway, Maurice Sweeney, Darlene Fitzgerald Price, Daniel Mongiardo, and Lillie Miller-Johnson are confirmed to speak.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

Open to the public, the event is $35 for the day, including lunch. Reservations can be made by contacting Kathy Bryan at kathy.bryan1@gmail.com.

“The demographic of Shelby County has and is changing, and like it or not issues of impoverished and wayward children will be with us for a long time,” said board representative to the executive committee Ann Ellerkamp in a press release. “I urge everyone who cares about Shelbyville and its future to consider coming, listening and getting involved in planning.”