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Candidates touch base with local voters

10.17.18 12:19 PM – Andy McDonald

With all the talk these days about social division and political rancor, it was refreshing to see the three Berea mayoral candidates treat each other with respect and engage in a thoughtful discussion about Berea's future at a recent Let's Grow Berea candidate forum. Shown here at a recent meet and greet event at the Madison County Public Library in Berea (from left) mayoral candidates Charles Arnold, Berea City Councilman Bruce Fraley, and incumbent Mayor Steven Connelly took a moment for a quick snapshot before going their separate ways.

Proving that people with absolutely opposite political philosophies can have a friendly discussion, Councilman Ronnie Terrill chatted with Dr. Carla Gilbert at the recent candidate meet and greet at the library. Word has it they found common ground in two critical areas; that it might rain that afternoon and that Christmas will be here before we know it.

Berea City Council candidate Sune Frederiksen stopped by to greet folks at the meet and greet event last Saturday, including state representative candidate R. Travis Brenda. As a former restaurateur and organizer of the Berea Celtic Festival, Frederiksen has a few ideas on how the city should move forward in drawing in new visitors.

Councilman Steve Caudill shared a light moment with citizens. Caudill has been busy, having also participated in the Let's Grow Berea candidate's forum last week.

Local resident Janice Gabbard poses a question to Berea City Councilman Jim Davis while Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle looks on.

Talk about home field advantage. Berea City Council candidate John Payne got to conduct the candidate meet and greet in the familiar environs of the library where he works. He's shown with fellow council candidate Vincent Owen Gwin.

Fellow Berea Independent School Board candidates Jeff From and Della M. Justice share a laugh, perhaps proving that campaigning isn't always easy, but it can still be fun.

Initially, more candidates showed up than voters, in which case some, like Berea City Council candidate Emily LaDouceur, had the chance to chat it up with her fellow candidates.

Not only was Kentucky state representative candidate Kelly Smith participating in an event last Saturday, she was hosting one at Memorial Park in Berea. Despite threatening skies, the event was reportedly a success.

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