Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 18, 2012

Candidates on the bill for forum

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Voters are reminded a gathering in Pauls Valley this weekend is meant to help them get to know some candidates just a little bit better.

With the election season starting to really get going, the Republican and Democratic parties in Garvin County will sponsor a bipartisan candidate forum starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Pauls Valley High School auditorium.

Both top officials for the parties in the county, Allie Burgin for the Republicans and Marilyn Goodban for the Democrats, are encouraging anyone and everyone to show up and catch what the candidates have to say.

“We encourage voters to come and be informed,” Burgin and Goodban said in a statement about the upcoming event.

“It is a rare event these days that political parties can come together to celebrate the political process in a civil and entertaining manner.

“Come listen to candidates address the issues and not their opponent’s failings.”

This is the fourth bipartisan forum here with the first coming back in 2006.

Each set of candidates have been given a question, so if they are unable to attend their proxy can present the actual candidate’s answer.

Invited to the gathering in PV are candidates or their representatives for four state House races, two state Senate races, one Congressional race and even the big one — the race for president of the United States.

In the case of president, the actual candidates won’t be there; only officials representing the candidates’ campaigns in this state will be invited to the event here.

After the speeches voters can meet with candidates in the foyer while enjoying light refreshments.

“This is a wonderful time to get to know the person who will be representing you in Congress and in the state Senate and House, and for them to get to meet you,” the two party chairpersons said in the statement.

“Many districts cross over to our neighboring counties and those voters are also encouraged to attend.

“This is also a time for students to see and participate in the democratic process that makes our country so great.”

According to Burgin and Goodban, a number of community merchants have also donated a variety of door prizes to be given out during Saturday night’s event.