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State senate candidates at forum on Tuesday in Shelbyville

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By The Staff

The Shelby County Farm Bureau will kick off the local political season Tuesday by welcoming the four candidates running for the 20th District Senate seat to a forum at the Stratton Center.

The district, now represented by retiring Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville), covers Shelby, Spencer and Bullitt counties.

The four candidates: Democrats David Eaton, Simpsonville city administrator, and John Spainhour, an attorney from Bullitt County; Republicans  David Glauber, a commercial real estate appraiser from Bullitt County,  and Paul

Hornback, a farmer from Shelby County.

Gene Witt, president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau board, said board members and the legislative committee have settled on questions to ask the candidates, but they will not supply the questions beforehand.

“Each candidate will get a two-minute opening statement, two minutes to answer each question and a three-minute closing statement,” Witt said. “I know that doesn’t seem like much, but when you have a few questions and four

candidates, it’s going to add up.”

Witt said the questions will touch on several different topics, but they did try to keep them issues at the state level, with reference to how they would affect Shelby County.

Although the candidates won’t have the questions even topics that will be covered, each one was sent a booklet on policies that the Farm Bureau supports, Witt said.

A moderator and timekeeper will keep the forum moving.

The public is invited to attend, but Witt said there will be no questions from the public or the media allowed during the forum.

“But people are certainly welcome to stay around after the forum and ask questions,” he said.