With a little more than a week left before the election, candidates are hot on the trail leading through western Indiana. While Putnam County seems to be continually left out, one of the candidates for Indiana governor and a former First Lady stumping for Barack Obama are headed to nearby Brazil this weekend.
Judy O'Bannon, wife of the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon, will join former Lt. Governor Kathy Davis with stops in Brazil and Linton on Monday. The pair will campaign for Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden. They are also planning stops in Washington, Jasper, Seymour (on Tuesday), Shelbyville (Tuesday) and Greenwood (Tuesday).
At each stop, the women will talk about Obama's "message of change, talk with supporters and volunteers who are working on behalf of the Obama-Biden ticket and other Democratic candidates" and encourage Hoosiers to vote early.
O'Bannon and Davis will be in Brazil at 9:15 a.m., at The Brazil Coffee Company, located at 533 E. National Ave. They will move to Linton at noon where they will appear at Fransisco de Borja Coffee House, located at 20 S. Main St.
Appearing today in Brazil will be Jill Long Thompson, Democratic candidate for Indiana governor, and her running mate, Dennie Oxley. Their 10:30 a.m. rally at the Clay County Democratic Party Headquarters (20 E. National Road) is part of a 56-city "Road to Change Tour" taking place this week.
The tour, which will cover more than 2,500 miles, will include rallies, get-out-the-vote activities, meet and greets and other activities.
Following their stop in Brazil, Thompson and Oxley will head west to Terre Haute where they will rally and go door-to-door from the Campaign for Change office, located at 509 Wabash Ave. They will be arriving at noon.
The Banner Graphic has not received word of any Republican gubernatorial or presidential candidates making local stops this weekend.