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Candidates turn out for breakfast in effort to meet voters face to face

Bowmantown Ruritan members offered one of the first opportunities for residents to meet the candidates for the 2014 elections during their monthly breakfast last week.
“The Ruritan Club does not endorse any candidates, but we think it’s important that the public have information on the people who are running for office,” said Harvey Crain, a Bowmantown Ruritan for more than 30 years.
Founded in 1961, the Bowmantown Ruritan Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The building at 1571 Barkley Road in Telford serves as a voting site for Washington County elections.
Ruritan Arthur Deyton said candidates are encouraged to visit with constituents during the three-hour window rather than make prepared comments at a scheduled time.
“Over 100 people usually come through, and they might miss them if they spoke at a certain time,” he said.
Deyton, who joined the Bowmantown Ruritan Club in 1975, said they are the service club for a rural part of Washington County. “This brings the community together and gives them a chance to ask questions of the candidates,” he said.
Plenty of candidates took advantage of the opportunity by attending the March 1 breakfast.
One of them was Forrest Boreing of Jonesborough who is running for county commissioner in the new 10th district.
Adjustments to the boundaries of the commission districts had to be made during the 2011 Redistricting Process to meet the requirements of equal representation due to population growth in the county during the prior 10 years.
The addition of the 10th district, which is made up of the Cherokee Outside and Lamar voting precincts, goes into effect with the 2014 election.
Boreing, the only candidate who filed in the 10th district for the May 6 Republican Primary, said the size of county government and the way commissioners spend money are the two big concerns that led him to enter the race.
“They need to be more conservative, and serve the people rather than special interest groups,” he said.
Boreing is expected to be challenged by Commissioner Richard Matherly in the August election.