JULY 15, 2010

Keith Allred (left), Gubernatorial Candidate and Stan Olson, Candidate for Idaho Superintendent of Schools will speak at the Claud Judd picnic this Thursday, July 15 in Orofino City Park.  The public is invited.

Democratic picnic in the park open to all

   Two statewide candidates for public office are attending a picnic in the Orofino City Park Thursday evening, July 15.  Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for Governor, and Stan Olson, Democratic candidate for Idaho State Superintendent will attend the Clearwater County Democratic Annual Claud Judd Picnic fundraiser.

   “We’re inviting everyone who lives in the county, regardless of what political party they identify with, to join us for an evening of fun and information,” said John Allen, Clearwater County Commissioner. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about the candidates who are running for statewide office in the November election. We’re fortunate in our democracy to have the opportunity to vote, and with that privilege is the responsibility to cast an informed ballot. Hearing what these statewide candidates and our local candidates have to say is a great first step,” said Allen.

   Allred is a fifth generation Idahoan raised on a ranch in Twin Falls. His education and career has been centered on conflict resolution. He formed The Common Interest, a citizens group of more than 1,600 Idahoans, dedicated to using common sense to resolve issues in a non-partisan manner. Their members include Independents, Republicans, and Democrats.  The group worked to cut property taxes for Idaho homeowners, protect private property rights, and fight proposals to raise vehicle fees.

   Olson has been the Boise Superintendent of Schools since 2002. He also served as a superintendent in Wyoming and as an assistant superintendent in Michigan. He has been involved in education as a teacher, principal and adjunct faculty member since 1971.  In Boise, he spearheaded the acquisition of $1.5 million in private donations to initiate the Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center. 

   “It will be interesting to hear what ideas these accomplished candidates have to help resolve some of the challenges we’re facing locally and throughout the state,” said Allen, who is also up for re-election as County Commissioner. The guest speakers will be available for questions and answers during the evening and to share some formal remarks beginning at 7 p.m.

   The picnic activities will start at 6 p.m. with food, entertainment, and recognition of former long-term office holders, Alan Medalen, (former Clearwater County Clerk, Auditor and Recorder) and Mary Jane Wilmarth, (former Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer).

   A suggested donation of $15 for people over age twelve and a $5 donation for children, six through eleven, will be accepted. Children under five are free.  For further information, or to purchase a ticket, please call Chuck Cuddy’s office: 208-476-4643.