League of Women Voters host Coon Rapids candidates forum

A good turnout was on hand at the Coon Rapids City Center July 11 to ask questions of candidates for the Coon Rapids City Council.

The candidate forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters ABC to help inform voters for the upcoming primary election Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Three of the four seats that are up for election in November will be on the August primary ballot. They are the at-large and wards 1 and 2 seats.

A primary election takes place when more than two candidates file for a council seat. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 14 primary will advance to the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election.

The candidates fielded residents’ questions on the proposed community center, incentives for business development, city spending, community partnerships, gasoline prepay ordinance, taxes and televising open mike at council meetings.

In their closing statements, all of the candidates encouraged residents to contact them with questions and concerns.

Their phone numbers are provided on the city of Coon Rapids website by clicking on Election Information.

Candidate contact information is also included in the cable television replay of the forum.

The forum can be viewed in its entirety on CTN Government Channel 16. It plays on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Forum moderator, Kay McCulley, LWV member from Ramsey, reminded attendees that their polling location might have changed from previous elections due to recent redistricting that followed the 2010 census.

She referred attendees to the polling place postcards mailed out by Anoka County Elections Division.

There are also polling place finders on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us and the League of Women Voters website at http://www.vote411.org.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

League of Women Voters ABC will host a Coon Rapids City Council general election candidate forum Oct. 8.

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