Eagles Host Commission, State Senate Candidates

Candidates for State Senate District 21 and the Sheridan County commission gather at the Eagles Aerie on Main Street. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Candidates for Sheridan County commissioner and the District 21 state senate seat introduced themselves in a forum Monday night at the Sheridan Eagles 186 Aerie on Main Street.

Mona Hansen, who's a club member and who helps put on the event, said this is the third time for the Eagles to host the forum.

She said the forum was open to anyone who wanted to attend. Candidates were given five minutes to talk about themselves, then were free to mingle with those in attendance and answer any questions anyone might have.

Among the candidates attending were Republicans Bo Biteman and Dave Clarendon, who are running for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Bruce Burns.

Also attending was Hollis Hackman, who's running for the seat unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Hackman, in his remarks, said he was running because he thinks the state is heading in the wrong direction. He said he's also concerned about public lands, and he thinks its a bad idea to transfer federal lands to the state.

Biteman, who's currently a state representative, said he opted to run for the state Senate rather than seek re-election this year.

Nine of the county commission candidates attended the forum, including Jay McGinnis, who's running unopposed on the Democratic ballot.

Also at the forum were Republicans Dennis Fox, Chris Schock, Allen Kinnison, Dennis Heizer, incumbent Commissioner Terry Cram, Carl Clements, Jason Szewc and Kristi Haswell.

Commission candidate Nick Siddle, also a Republican, was unable to attend because he's judging an FFA event in Indianapolis, but Steve Kraft spoke on his behalf at the forum.

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Commission candidate Allen Kinnison, right, visits with an attendee at the forum. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A forum attendee, at left, visits with State Senate candidate Bo Biteman. (Photo by Pat Blair)