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Baker resident Kendall Helms, left, speaks with county commissioner candidate Trey Goodwin during the meet-and-greet prior to Wednesday evening’s candidates’ forum.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM.

CRESTVIEW — More than 60 residents now understand county commissioner and clerk of court candidates' platforms following a Wednesday forum.

Though interest in mid-term elections is not generally high, supervisor of elections Paul Lux said, North Okaloosa Republican Club members had to set out additional chairs for the forum.

Attendees, mostly senior citizens, tend to be regulars at such events and, as a result, are generally more informed than many younger voters, clerk of court candidate Dan Spence said.

“I’ve been around here since dirt,” multi-generation Baker resident Kendall Helms said. “Sometimes you’re afraid to vote because you think you’re voting for a change for the better and it gets worse.”

Low attendance now seems to be a regular occurrence at opportunities to meet candidates, “but it wasn’t that way before," Crestview area resident Harold Lafountain said.

Lux said because no Democratic Party candidates entered the fray, “these races will be over Aug. 26,” meaning the open primary election will determine who fills the vacancies in November.


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