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Posted on: August 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] League of Women Voters Announces Meet Your 2020 Candidates

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League of Women Voters Announces  
Meet Your 2020 Candidates    

Events to be co-hosted by Prairie Island Indian Community and Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce   

 

Red Wing, MN -- The League of Women Voters Red Wing, Prairie Island Indian Community, and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host a series of candidate events in September featuring local and state office candidates.  “2020 is a year like no other and our traditional candidate forums will look very different this year,” states Randy Decker, LWV Red Wing Voter Service Chair.  “We are excited to be able to hold these events outdoors before early voting begins on September 18. Candidates and voters will be able to engage in a safe manner.” 

“Many smaller leagues around the state are unable to hold forums at all this fall and even the larger leagues are not holding in-person events.  We are working together with many community partners to bring candidates and voters together for a discussion of the issues we face.  Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!” said Tina Langton, President, LWV Red Wing.

Event information is found on their Facebook page and the LWV website.  There you will find the form to submit questions for the candidates.  No live questions from the audience will be taken during the forum due to COVID-19 safety concerns. However, candidates have been invited to meet with voters at designated locations around the park before and after the event while keeping a safe distance. 

Events will begin at 5 p.m. at Red Wing Central Park Bandshell on September 10, 15, and 17.  These events are free and open to the public.  Mask use and appropriate distancing are required. Bring a chair or blanket for seating in the park. Although this event is taking place in a public space, we ask that audience members respect the non-partisan nature of LWV events.  We discourage wearing party or candidate clothing, buttons, stickers, hats, or otherwise displaying a party or candidate preference during the candidate forums. The events will be taped and available on YouTube, our local access channel, and in the vote411.org voter guide. Videotaping by others is not permitted during League candidate events so that all events are broadcast in their entirety for fairness to all. 

The specific details for each forum are: 

September 10, 2020
Candidates for MN House 21A, MN Senate 21, and Goodhue County Commissioner
Moderator: 
Jerry Olson 
5 p.m. start:
MN Senate 21 

Mike Goggin
Ralph Kaehler

MN House 21A 
Matt Bruns
Barb Haley

6 p.m. start:
Goodhue County Commission 

District 1 
Linda Flanders
Les Anderson 

District 5 
Paul Drotos
Edward Moritz

September 15, 2020, 5 p.m .
Candidates for Red Wing School Board (ISD256) - 4 positions
Moderator:
League of Women Voters member Lisa Bayley. 

Candidates are:  

Carmen Bertelsen
Nicole Buck
Tori Campbell
Jodi Lewis
Samantha Malcom
Anna Ostendorf
Elisabeth Peterson
Rebecca L. Peterson
Shelley Pohlman
Pamela Roe
Jennifer Tift 

September 17, 2020, 5 p.m.
Candidates for Red Wing City Council and Mayor
Moderator:
League of Women Voters member Lisa Bayley. 

Candidates are:  
Red Wing City Council 

Ward 1 
Kim Beise 

Ward 2 
John Becker
Andy Klitzke 

Ward 3 
Evan Brown
Ernie Stone 

Red Wing Mayor 
Sean Dowse
Mike Wilson 

Submit Questions 
We are collecting questions beginning now and ending 48 hours before the start of the candidate event at our website.  By League of Women Voters policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential. Questions are reviewed by experienced LWV forum question screeners and may be edited.  

Format of Candidate Forums 
Beginning in 2016, League of Women Voters Minnesota implemented a Candidate Participation policy change that all forums/events will be held as scheduled, even if one of the candidates is unable or unwilling to attend. During the forum, candidates will deliver an opening statement and a closing statement. Each candidate will have a limited time to answer the questions posed by the moderator.  The League of Women Voters Red Wing does not endorse candidates for office or political parties. LWV is a nearly 100-year old 501(c)(3) political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all. Membership information will also be available at the Candidate Forums. 


For more information, please contact Peggy Decker, LWV Red Wing Communications Chair, at 651.258.4810 or at lwvredwing@lwvmn.org.

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