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Willmar Chamber offers campaign materials for candidates, sets April 19 election workshop

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an election information workshop for those interested in running for local elected office this year.

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The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an election workshop for those wanting to run for office. The chamber also has information and campaign materials available.
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WILLMAR — The time to run for elected local office is quickly approaching, and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is on hand to assist potential candidates.

The Chamber's Public Policy Committee has compiled election and campaign materials for those wanting to run for city council, school board and the Kandiyohi County Board. There will also be an informational luncheon with retired elected officials from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Willmar Conference Center. The retired officials will talk about their experiences.

"This is an attempt by the Chamber to assist and encourage individuals from the community who are possibly interested in seeking election," said Bob Mathiasen, co-chair of the Public Policy Committee.

Filing for a government office opens May 17 and runs through May 31. A primary election, if needed, will take place on Aug. 11, with the general election to follow on Nov. 8. There will be open positions on the Willmar, New London and Spicer city councils, the Kandiyohi County Board and local school boards.

"There are plenty of opportunities to become an active participate on a governing body," said Loren Corle, co-chair of the Public Policy Committee.

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Anyone interested in receiving their complimentary copy of the materials or wishing to RSVP for the luncheon can contact the chamber office at 320-235-0300 or email kwarner@willmarareachamber.com .

"It is our hope that by providing these informational tools, we will produce an informed candidate and provide the community with candidates who understand their respective job descriptions for public office," Mathiasen said.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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