Last week an e-mail arrived in my inbox from Republican Party presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign.
The Texas congressman was going to be in Texas for a few days on a campaign swing. Any journalists who would like a one-on-one interview should make the request as soon as possible, the e-mail read.
I jumped at the chance not only because Paul is an interesting candidate - the persistent underdog with an independent streak -- but also because I strongly believe that all voters, even in one of the smallest counties in Texas, deserve to get their questions answered from candidates as directly as possible.
When a candidate doesn't visit a particular town in person, the second best thing is going where he or she is and listening to what a candidate has to say.
After some back-and-forth discussions with Paul's campaign PR people about times, I arranged to meet Paul around 6 p.m., an hour before his scheduled town hall meeting in Fort Worth at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium.
Beforehand, I asked readers of the Reporter's Facebook page if they had any questions for Paul. Only one person responded.
"Yeah, ask him why he continues to throw money at a hopeless cause," the post read.
So I did, although not exactly in those words. The bottom line is that Paul is throwing money at a cause that he doesn't believe is hopeless, but is hopeful. He may not get the Republican presidential nomination, but he's out for something bigger.
I also asked him about nuclear energy, an important local issue, and the economy. See the interview transcript on this Web site and in page A7 of the Reporter April 18 print edition.
I plan to attempt to interview all the candidates on the GOP presidential primary ballot except for Rick Santorum, who remains on the ballot in Texas but has withdrawn from the race. It was too late to remove his name.
After the primary election and GOP national convention, when it's clear who will face incumbent Barack Obama in November, I plan to ask the president for an interview, too.
Why not? Why shouldn't all candidates be accountable to all voters, no matter the size or political leanings of a town, a county or a state?
Logistics, of course, prevent candidates from visiting every part of a state.
So I'll go to them if I have to. I'll keep you updated on my interview requests on our Facebook page or in this column.
One thing I find very troubling about American politics these days is that candidates are anointed as the presumptive nominee before people even have had a chance to vote at a political party convention. It may be a numbers game of who has the most delegates, but it's discouraging to think that it's all over before the delegates even arrive in Tampa, Fla.
Perhaps the pundits are right and it would have been a tighter race had Santorum stayed in for the long haul.
I hope the GOP at least gives Ron Paul an opportunity to speak at the convention. Voters deserve to hear him and at least know that there was another option and that one person was willing to fight for what he believes in until the end. Those kinds of people are becoming all too rare in politics.
As for the other presidential candidates, get your list of questions ready. Somervell County voters deserve answers.
Kathryn Jones is the editor of the Glen Rose Reporter.