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Bullskin VFD invites township residents to meet their municipal candidates

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Sunday, April 14, 2013, 6:54 p.m.

Bullskin Township residents will be asked to cast their votes on May 21 for their parties' nomination for supervisor, tax collector and auditor.

In order to give the residents a chance to meet the candidates and to hear what these candidates have to say, the volunteer fire department is hosting a “Meet and Greet the Candidate Night” on April 30. The event will be held at the fire hall.

“We have a lot of new people that are running, and we thought that this would be a great chance for people in the area to meet with and greet some of the candidates while also giving the candidates themselves a chance to meet the voters,” said Brad Gillott, Bullskin VFD president and event coordinator. “This is just something new that we thought we'd try since this is such a big election.”

All of the candidates in all three races were notified of the event. Gillott said he has received several responses from candidates agreeing to participate.

“I personally hand-delivered invitation letters to candidates,” Gillott said. Candidates he could not personally contact were given notification, he said.

Candidates seeking the nomination for the six-year supervisor term include David Butler and Roy Thayer, both on the Democratic ticket.

Seeking nomination for tax collector include Kylie Stouffer Carleton and Ginny Martin on the Republican ticket and Louis Bell and Jeff Hann on the Democratic ticket.

Mick Lilley and Jeffrey L. Martucci are seeking the nomination for the auditor's position. Both are on the Democratic ticket.

The fire hall will open at 5 p.m. April 30 for a dinner. The event will kick off at 7 p.m.

Bullskin Township residents are urged to submit potential questions to ask the candidates and can do so by dropping ideas off at the fire station or by filling out papers the night of the event.

All questions will be screened prior to being read to the candidates.

“We don't want any personal attacks,” Gillott said. “This event is not for something like that.”

At the beginning of the evening, each candidate will be introduced and will be allowed five minutes for opening remarks.

Candidates will be given two minutes to answer questions.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

Gillott said although the department is hosting the event, it is not endorsing any candidate.

Residents are urged to attend. There is no entry fee.

“I hope to see good community support for this event,” Gillott said.

The Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department hall is located at 260 Keefer Road.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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