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[MARCH 8, 2006]  A voters forum brought five of the eight Logan County Board candidates out to the Starbucks coffee shop at Lincoln Christian College's Warehouse this morning.   [pictures from debate]

The Logan County primary is set to see four contests between Republican candidates; all are running for county board positions. There are no other party contests scheduled in Logan County.

Presenting themselves and their views on county matters this morning were Dan Meyer from District 2, Gloria Luster and James H. Griffin from District 5, and Michael D. McIntosh and Paul Gleason running for District 6.

Tom O'Donohue moderated the forum. He said that Bob Farmer from District 2 declined participation. Also absent were Ronald Rohlfs and John Stewart from District 3. Both had indicated that they planned to attend, O'Donohue said.

The candidates were given time to provide a brief background on themselves and state their goals in office if elected. Then they were given specific questions that had been submitted in advance and had been pre-screened by the chamber's government-education panel. The questions varied some by district.

Questions and responses primarily focused on the type of growth they would like to see in short and long term and how it could be done while maintaining a budget. Closing in on the comprehensive plan, rezoning issues, capitalizing on tourism opportunities and the benefits it could bring were among the strong points presented.

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A strong opinion agreed on by all was the importance of integrated, open communications between city and county government leaders and the economic development, chamber and Main Street agencies. Recent successes in attracting businesses that will help our economy and job situation were credited to having improved communications and the strength of that unity.

Candidates underscored they support full funding for the Logan County Health Department and the tourism office, which have had cuts in years or year past.

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and CITV5 sponsored the forum.

CITV5 will be broadcasting the debate and individual candidate interviews. Current rebroadcast times are noon, 3 p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight. As much streaming video of these broadcasts as the station can support will be offered for non-cable access viewers.

See "Logan County candidates for March 21 primary" for a complete listing of offices, party, terms and candidates.

The primary election is set for March 21.

[Jan Youngquist]

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