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Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to hold candidate forums for Election 2022

Candidate forums with the candidates for House 16B, Senate 16, Kandiyohi County Sheriff, Kandiyohi County Commissioner District 3, Willmar Mayor and Willmar School Board will be held by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the date of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff and Kandiyohi County Commissioner forums on Oct. 21.

WILLMAR — Voters will have the opportunity to hear directly from local candidates before the Nov. 8 election.

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee will be holding candidate forums with those running for the District 16 Senate, District 16B, Kandiyohi County Board District 3, Kandiyohi County Sheriff, the Willmar Mayor and Willmar School Board.

The forums are held to help chamber members and the public be better informed on where the candidates stand on important issues.

The forum for District 16 Senate and District 16B will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Gallery 7 at the Willmar Conference Center. The following candidates will attend — Senate 16: Fernando Alvarado, DFL and Andrew Lang, GOP; House 16B: Dave Baker, GOP and Fred Cogelow, DFL.

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The forum for the Willmar Mayor and Willmar School Board races will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Gallery 7 at the Willmar Conference Center in Gallery 7. Mayoral candidates Stephen Peppin and Doug Reese have been invited. School board candidates invited include Mary Amon, Steve Biesterfeld, Randy Frederickson, Jay Lawton and Laura Weatherby.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff and Kandiyohi County Commissioner forums will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, again in Gallery 7 at the Willmar Conference Center.

The sheriff candidates invited are Eric Holien and Eric Tollefson. The Kandiyohi County Commissioner candidates invited are Kim Larson and Dale Anderson.

A lunch will be held prior to the start of both forums, for a cost of $20, to be paid in advance. There will be no complimentary admission into the events. Those wanting to attend the forums are asked to RSVP by calling the chamber at 320-235-0300 or emailING chamber@willmarareachamber.com

For the Tribune's 2022 Voters Guide, see http://lwv.thevoterguide.org/v/ForumCommunicationsCompany22/build.do

Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and Wctrib.com in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
Boldan can be reached via email: editor@wctrib.com or telephone: 320-214-4331.
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