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February 17, 2014

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It’s your county – your vote!

Dear Editor,

Elections for county offices are approaching and you as a resident of Palo Pinto County have a chance to help elect the individual(s) that you feel will best represent your passions to make this county stronger. On Feb. 18, 7 p.m., a “candidate forum” will be available for the public at the Palo Pinto County Courthouse.

Each Candidate will speak to their strengths, why they are pursuing that particular office, and ask for your vote. The Republican Chair will provide questions from you the public to be addressed by each candidate. Arrive early to submit your question(s).

In all small communities some questions are never asked for fear of retribution, whether in forums for elections, council meetings or other public forums. That's unfortunate; however, what's the worst that can happen? You might get a snub at your local grocery store, not be invited to a backyard bar-b-cue or become the topic of conversation where the "good ole' boys and girls" meet.

Stand up for your beliefs and don't worry about what others think. There are a few statements that will be made by some candidates that should throw up a red flag. "I just wanted to see if I could do it," "I'm retired and have nothing else to do,"and the most common, "I think it will be fun.” I personally heard those comments last year. Hopefully the Chair will ask the tough questions submitted. If not, ask them yourself in a one-on-one after the forum ends.

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