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Primary not a priority for some voters

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

It won't be long before political ads are all over the airwaves. But that doesn't mean people are paying attention to them.

 "I had no idea there was one coming up actually," says Jordan Stewart.

But the March 13th primary has some scrambling to learn about the people running for office.

"A lot of the candidates are here and they're all gung-ho to get ya! They want your vote," says Gwen Sides.

Gwen and Lynn Sides attended a candidate forum in Wetumpka--complete with candidates from local races and others representing presidential hopefuls.

They say everyone needs to research the candidates - if they can.

"They need to pay attention to who's running and know when it's time to vote because our votes will count," says Lynn.

Voters say forums like those do more than just educate them about who is on the ballot. They say face to face contact with candidates makes all the difference.

"This was an opportunity for at least two races for me to get out here and meet the candidates specifically or meet their family members or someone who was representing them and it's helped me make some decisions," says Montgomery resident Allen Meadows.

"Meet them in person and actually find out face to face what they have to offer," adds Lynn.

The Wetumpka Tea Party hosted the candidate forum. They invited Republican and Democratic candidates from across the river region and also conducted a straw poll.

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