League to host Andover forum

League of Women Voters ABC (LWV ABC) will sponsor a forum for candidates for Andover city offices at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8. The forum will take place at Andover City Hall and will be broadcast later on Quad Cities Community Television (QCTV).

In the interest of providing voters with information directly from the candidates in their own words, League of Women Voters ABC invited all candidates for Andover mayor, city council and candidates for Minnesota Senate District 31 and House District 31B to appear at the forum.

Mayoral candidate Mike Gamache; city council candidates Sherri Bukkila, Mike Knight, Val Holthus and Tony Howard; and Senate District 31 candidates Michelle Benson and Mike Starr have confirmed their participation. City council candidate David Forsberg will be out of town and declined.

House District 31B candidate Louise Faye Woodberry has confirmed that she will participate but Tom Hackbarth has not yet confirmed. In keeping with League’s policy, there will not be a forum for District 31B unless both candidates are present.

The League regrets that District 31B voters will not have an opportunity to compare candidates in a side-by-side forum where candidates respond to questions from voters, according to LWV ABC Voter Service Co-Chairperson Arlene Gillett.

“League of Women Voters ABC has been active in this area for over 70 years,” Gillett said. “This forum continues a strong tradition of helping voters obtain information about candidates’ stands on issues.”

Voters can locate candidate information for local, state and federal offices as well as identify their polling place for the Nov. 6 election at the League of Women Voters Minnesota website, http://www.vote411.org/.

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political candidate or party, Gillett said. The organization encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy, she said. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. For more information about League of Women Voters, visit www.lwvmn.org.

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