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October 16, 2012

Friends of Madison County Library to host 'Legislative Meet and Greet'

MADISON COUNTY — Local candidates plan to hit the books Thursday during the Friends of the Madison County Library's Legislative Meet and Greet.

The event will be conducted from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Berea location, 319 Chestnut Street.

Candidates from all local races have been invited, explained Madison County Library Director Ruthie Maslin.

The Friends of Kentucky Libraries picks a library within each senate district during the election season, she said.

“We've invited over 50 people,” Maslin said. “We went through the list on the county clerk's website and invited all of (Madison County's local candidates.)”

Current elected officials, including Madison Judge/Exec-utive Kent Clark, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly, Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and those sitting on the Madison Fiscal Court, Berea City Council and Richmond City Commission, have been invited as well.

“It's a very informal setting,” Maslin said. “We know it's such a busy season right before the election. This is for people to get to know the candidates and their elected officials, and talk about issues of importance to them.”

The Legislative Meet and Greets are an “easy and fun way” for the candidates to meet the public and vice versa, she said.

“It's an excellent way to meet the people who represent us in this community,” she said. “The libraries have always been there to support the efforts of having an educated electorate. We want the library to be a community center for issues and information so people can make the best, educated decisions. That's why it's important for us to be politically neutral as well.”

Upcoming forums

• A Richmond City Commission forum will be conducted Thursday 7 p.m., at Richmond City Hall. The forum is sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and The League of Women Voters of Berea & Madison County.

The audience may submit written questions for the candidates. Those who are unable to attend may submit questions prior to the event at communications@richmondchamber.com.

There will be a live broadcast of the forum on cable Channel 12.

• A Berea City Council forum will be conducted Oct. 25, 7 p.m., in the council chambers at the Berea Police & Municipal Building. The forum is sponsored by the Berea Chamber of Commerce and The League of Women Voters of Berea & Madison County.

The audience can fill out cards to submit questions for the candidates and questions may be sent ahead of time at chamber@

bereachamber.com.

There will be a live broadcast of the forum on cable Channel 12.

• A second Berea City Council forum will be conducted Oct. 30, 7 p.m., in Baird Lounge of the Alumni Building at Berea College. The forum is sponsored by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and various Berea College student groups.

A moderator will be asking a set of prepared questions. Audience members also will have an opportunity to ask candidates questions and speak with them one-on-one over refreshments between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Boxes have been placed around Berea College campus for students to submit questions, as well.

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