Attend forum next Tuesday

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By Dave Bell

With the political campaign season now in its final 20 days, candidates are crisscrossing the area with amazing regularity. It’s good to see them paying attention to our part of the state.
Several high-profile Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, have made stops in Fayette County during the campaign season.
Last Thursday, several statewide Republican candidates visited Vandalia. In attendance were gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, lieutenant governor candidate Jason Plummer and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville).
Next Tuesday, voters will have the opportunity to observe the candidates for the 51st District state Senate position go head to head in a candidates’ forum. That event, sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and WPMB/WKRV radio station, will feature incumbent state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and challenger Tim Dudley (D-Decatur).
With both candidates touting their business background and promising to make job growth a priority if elected, the candidates are speaking to the needs of our area.
We encourage the public to attend Tuesday’s forum – scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. Aside from the political dominance each party is seeking in Springfield, the McCarter-Dudley race is important to the economic well-being of our area. Voters must decide which candidate has the vision, the priorities and the character that will jump-start our economy, restore our confidence in government and put our people back to work.
With only 20 days remaining until the election, voters must be making up their minds. Tuesday’s forum would be a good place to start.