LWV forum for Senate, House candidates Oct. 8 in Anoka

League of Women Voters ABC (LWV ABC) will sponsor a forum for candidates for Minnesota Senate District 35 and House Districts 35A and 35B at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

The forum will take place at Anoka City Hall, 2015 First Ave. N., and will be taped for later broadcast on Quad Cities Community Television (QCTV). It will also be available for viewing on QCTV’s website.

The Senate district includes Anoka, Ramsey, Andover and the northern portion of Coon Rapids.

All candidates were invited to participate so that voters have an opportunity to hear directly from them in their own words, according to LWV Voter Service Co-Chairperson Arlene Gillett.

Senate District 35 candidates Branden Petersen and Peter Perovich have both confirmed their participation, as have House District 35A candidates Jim Abeler, Justin Boals and Andy Hillebregt.

While House District 35B candidate Sam Scott confirmed that he would participate, Peggy Scott declined, Gillett said.

In keeping with League of Women Voters’ policy, at least one opposing candidate must be present, so there will not be a forum for District 35B, according to Gillett.

“The League regrets that District 35B voters will not have an opportunity to compare candidates in a side-by-side forum where candidates respond to questions from voters,” Gillett said.

The League of Women Voters has been active in the area of over 70 years, she said.

“This forum continues a strong tradition of helping voters obtain information about candidates’ stands on issues,” Gillett said.

Voters can locate candidate information for local, state and federal offices and determine their polling place for the Nov. 6 election at the League of Women Voter website.

According to Gillett, the League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political candidate or party.

LWV encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding or major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy, Gillett said.

Membership is open to men and women of all ages.

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