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Candidate forums begin Tuesday in Willmar; area legislators scheduled to be featured at first event

WILLMAR -- Four candidates for the state legislature will be featured Tuesday night in Willmar during first of a series of political candidate forums.

Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, and his opponent Larry Rice, DFL-Willmar, as well as Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, and his opponent Bruce Vogel, R-Willmar, will respond to questions posed by members of the Willmar Area League of Women Voters as well as citizens who submit questions.

The 90-minute forum begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building and will be moderated by the League of Women Voters.

It will be broadcast live on the local cable access TV station, WRAC 8, as well as on KWLM (AM) radio.

The next debate will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and features all six candidates running for the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners.

They include Commissioner Richard Falk and his opponent Jim Butterfield; Commissioner Dean Shuck and his opponent Doug Lindblad; and Commissioner Harlan Madsen and his opponent John Cunningham.

Future candidate forums are scheduled for Oct. 12 between Kandiyohi County Attorney Boyd Beccue and challenger Jenna Fischer; and Judge Kathryn Smith and challenger Glen Jacobsen.

On Oct. 19 the forums will include Willmar Mayor Les Heitke and challenger Frank Yanish; and Councilman Ron Christianson and his opponent Andrew Bjur.

All eight of the Willmar School Board candidates are scheduled to participate in a forum on Oct. 26.

Questions for any of the candidates can be submitted via email at voterquestions@hotmail.commailto: voterquestions@hotmail. com.

Questions can also be called in during the forums. That phone number is not yet available, but will be broadcast during the forums.

The candidate forums are sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Heartland Community Action Agency, Willmar Area League of Women Voters and the Willmar Area Multi Cultural Market.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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