TACC held candidate forum Monday

TACC Secretary

Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce held their Meet the Candidate Forum on Monday, May 2 at the TACC building in downtown Thorndale. In spite of the rain and cold weather the event was a big success.

Attending the event on the ballot for the Thorndale ISD school board were Trey Felton and Larry Fisher. Dean Betak, also a candidate for the school board, was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Mayor Billy Simank and new city council members Stephanie Churchman and Don Culp.

After a brief overview of the meeting, Simank, Churchman and Culp were asked to give a brief statement regarding their representation at Thorndale City Hall.

Superintendent Casey Callahan gave an overview of the responsibilities of a school board member: to select a superintendent, to set the budget, and to evaluate the superintendent.

Candidates Felton and Fisher were asked five questions from the list of ten they were given and each candidate responded in alternating fashion to the questions. Responses from Betak were read by Darleen Tucker from a prepared statement by Betak.

Following the question and answer period, candidates remained for a time of visiting with each person in attendance. At this time, those in the audience could ask candidates any questions they personally wanted to field.

The TACC appreciates the dedication and commitment shown by the candidates in attendance. Please join the TACC in thanking these members of our community who are willing to serve in guiding the education of our children. We thank them for stepping up to serve in this very difficult time in our educational process.

The TACC would also like to express our thanks to the new City of Thorndale officials who were willing to attend and share a little about themselves so that our citizens are able to get to know them.

Thank you, also, to those citizens of Thorndale who took the time to get to know these candidates and are now able to make a more informed choice at the ballot box. Early voting started Monday and we hope that our citizens will make every effort to show support at the ballot box for the candidate of their choice.

In additional business, the TACC directors set the date for the TACC Awards Open House where they will announce the winners of the 2010 Outstanding Student, Farmer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Agribusiness Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The public is invited to join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the TACC building in Thorndale for this event and help us honor our outstanding citizens for 2010.

Chamber members should watch the mail for your nomination form for these categories. A new feature this year will be a scholarship of $500 to the Outstanding Student. Seniors should contact the high school counselor, Debbie Blazier, for additional information on this scholarship, which encourages community service and academic excellence.

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