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‘Preciate ya. Still want to knock you out of office.

After the Walker Pickle Days Parade in late July, a small-town parade in which both Jim Houser and Dave Machacek walked, the two men had a brief conversation. They remember it in different ways.

At the end of the line, after having passed all the greedy children and their sagging bags of candy, Machacek stuck his hand out to Houser and said this, according to Houser:

“I want you to know you’re doing a great job, but I’m still running against you.”

No, no, no, says Machacek, the words “great job” were never uttered. Here’s how he remembers it:

“I want you to know that we appreciate the work you supervisors are doing now with the flood crisis. That doesn’t mean I’m not still going to run against you.”

Machacek has said in the past that he thinks the supervisors do more or less a decent job. His major criticism this year has been twofold: they screwed up the salary issue and they don’t make tough decisions or disagree with each other very often.

I’m going to liveblog the candidates forum tonight in Robins, and dad-blaim it there better be more fireworks than at the first League of Women Voters forum, the one for Districts 2 and 3. This one’s at the Robins Community Center, 265 S. Second St., Robins.

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