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League of Women Voters sets candidate forum Aug. 5 for Willmar’s Ward 2

WILLMAR — The League of Women Voters of the Willmar Area will host a candidate forum Aug. 5 for the three candidates in the upcoming Ward 2 City Council primary election.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. S.W. Invited candidates are incumbent Ron Christianson, and challengers Steve Gardner and Rich Taylor. Candidates will be asked to respond to questions on a wide variety of issues of concern to voters. This event is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the forum is to give voters an opportunity to hear the candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election.

According to Willmar League President Jessica Rohloff, voters want and need opportunities to hear directly from candidates.

During the forum, candidates will deliver a 2-minute opening statement. Each candidate will have 1½ minutes to answer the question posed by the moderator.

Voters attending the forum have two opportunities to submit questions to be put to the candidates. Written questions will be accepted at the forum, in accordance with forum rules starting at 6:45 p.m.

Also, the League has an email for voters to submit questions in advance. That email address is and will be checked up to 2 p.m. the day of the event.

The League of Women Voters reserves the right to reword questions in the interest of time and clarity.

By League of Women Voter policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential.

For more information, please call Rohloff at 320-214-7972 or email at