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March 30, 2014

Two chill out, one campaigns as election day approaches

DUNCAN — Saturday was pretty much like any other weekend day for Mike Nelson, the homegrown dentist who is running for re-election to the Duncan City Council on Tuesday.

   He was available to talk on the phone with voters who called him, but he was staying home.

   “I’m not actually going out and actively campaigning,” Nelson said.  “I’m just keeping things normal. My campaign is the last 60 years of my life.”

    Nelson said he may go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart today, but not to campaign.

    By contrast, Bill Schneekloth went to Wal-Mart on Saturday, but it was for a self-styled “meet the citizens event.”

     Schneekloth filled out a soliticitation request to get permission for the event. When the store manager initially balked at the request, Schneekloth, a retired manufacturing plant manager, said he convinced him it’d be good for Wal-Mart’s corporate image.

    He and his wife Freeda handed out Girl Scout cookies from a campaign table decorated with his signs.

    “We had a good time. It was a huge success,” said Schneekloth, 70, who wore his black campaign jacket which features his yard sign logo.

    Chris Schreckengost, 43, the third candidate in the 2nd Ward race, spent the day Saturday at a Plato School fundraiser and then relaxed with family and friends, trying to unwind from the rigors of his first campaign for public office.

    “I don’t think I’ve gotten home before 8:30 or 9 every night” in the past week while campaigning, he said.

   He played a round of golf, too, on Saturday and said he shot an 84.

    “The wind cooperated,” he said.

     Today won’t be devoted to local politics, either, he said, because he’s got some yard work planned.

    But it’s back to the political grindstone on Tuesday, election day,  when Schreckengost said he and his wife Melissa will call friends and supporters to remind them to vote.  

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