Candidates meet at forum tonight

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Public session for elections

By The Staff

Are you trying to decide how to vote in the crowded field for Shelbyville City Council or perhaps in the contentious race for seats on the Shelby County School Board?

You can learn more about those races and those candidates tonight when an election year tradition returns to the campaign trail.

Thee Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement and The Sentinel-News conduct their 2012 Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville, continuing a partnership that SCOPE and The Sentinel-News began in 1988.

“Shelby County has a long tradition of exercising its democratic voice through its republican form of government,” SCOPE President Ronald R. Van Stockum Jr. said. “Running for office and voting for candidates is the essence of our system of government.”

Said Sentinel-News Editor Steve Doyle: “Hearing first-hand how the candidates vying for these important roles would approach those roles – whether newcomers or incumbents – really helps to inform the electorate. We’re pleased that SCOPE has been supportive of this concept.

Candidates for school board, the Shelbyville City Council and the Simpsonville City Commission have been invited to appear, and almost all have said they would.

Candidates will be questioned, and opponents will have the opportunity to respond to their answers.

Each candidate will be given time to summarize his or her candidacy, too.

There will be no questions from the floor during the session.

“For all the talk and hoopla, it comes down to three things: having the courage to stand up and run for office, respecting our tradition by going forth and casting your vote and learning to live together in the same system of law,” Van Stockum said.

“I always feel good about these forums because it allows me to be part of a system I feel very partial to.”


Candidate forum

WHO: Candidates for school board, Shelbyville City Council, Simpsonville City commission

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., today

WHERE: Stratton Center, 215 Washington St., Shelbyville

MORE INFO: Free to the public