WESTPORT – Mike Bartlett, the minister at Westport Christian Church, has organized a “Meet Your Candidate Night” at 7 p.m. on April 24, at the church, to allow the citizens of southern Decatur County a chance to learn about the people running for office.
Bartlett said he feels that Westport is often skipped over when candidates are campaigning. In fact, he has lived in Westport for 15 years and has only had one candidate knock on the door and introduce themselves.
“In my opinion, it seems like Westport always gets overlooked. How can I base my vote on informed information when I don’t have an opportunity to meet the candidates?” Bartlett said.
He encourages everyone to vote, especially the church members he sees so often. Many people say they don’t know who to vote for and they don’t know anything about the candidates. Bartlett said the running joke in Westport is the person to vote for is whoever gives out the best candy at the parade and he wants to change that. He encourages everyone to learn about the candidates running for office, but admits that can be hard when they don’t come to Westport.
“One of the things that I want to do is help people understand that Westport is a very important part of Decatur County, just like St. Paul or New Point,” Bartlett said.
After coming up with the idea for the meet and greet event, Bartlett said he contacted party chairs for both the Republican and Democrat parties with the information so they could pass along invites to all the candidates. However, that method has not proved as successful as hoped and some candidates have contacted him wondering why they were not included.
Every candidate from both parties is invited and more than welcome to attend and meet the voters of Westport and southern Decatur County. If any candidates are interested in taking part in the Meet Your Candidates Night, please contact Bartlett at 812-591-3807 to be added to the list of participants.
This will be the first event of its kind for Bartlett and the church, but the minister said he would like to continue holding the informal meet and greet style events every election year. Each candidate will be given five minutes to introduce themselves and speak a bit about why they are running and what they can do for southern Decatur County.
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