Candidate Forums

NOTE: Due to Covid-19, and for the foreseeable future, all candidate forums will be recorded in closed session and made available for public viewing after the fact. Interested persons may contribute questions for the candidates via email until the day before the event.

LWV White Bear Lake Area-Sponsored Candidate Forums

LWVWBLA sponsored 24 candidate forums for local elections in the weeks leading up to the November 3, 2020 election. The purpose of Candidate Forums is to give voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss issues of importance to them in this election. All candidates were invited to answer questions from the public, submitted in advance of the event. All forums were recorded in closed session and are available for viewing on the White Bear Lake Area LWV YouTube Channel.

Now available on YouTube:

MN State House District 39A/B – LWV Candidate Forum for Minnesota House of Representatives Districts 39A and 39B, recorded on September 14, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Ann Mosley for District 39A and Shelly Christiansen and Joe Garafalo for District 39B respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidate Bob Dettmer declined LWV’s invitation to participate.

MN State Senate District 39 – LWV Candidate Forum for Minnesota Senate District 39, recorded on September 14, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidate Josiah Hill responds to voter questions about his view on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidate Karin Housley declined LWV’s invitation to participate.

MN State House District 42A/B – LWV Candidate Forum for Minnesota House District 42 A and B, recorded on September 15, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates for District 42B Jamie Becker-Finn and Sue Finney, and Candidate for District 42A Kelly Moller respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidate Candy Sina for District 42A declined LWV’s invitation to participate. The forums will also be broadcast on Channel 16 Wednesdays and Saturdays in October at 11:00 a.m.

MN State Senate District 42 – LWV Candidate Forum for Minnesota Senate District 42, recorded on September 15, 2020, can be viewed HERECandidates Jason Isaacson and Ben Schwanke, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. The forum will also be broadcast on Channel 16 Wednesdays and Saturdays in October at 10:00 a.m. 

Stillwater Independent School District #834 Special Election – LWV candidate forum for the Stillwater Independent School District #834 School Board Special Election, recorded on September 17, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Tim Brewington, Joseph Ehrler, Bill Gilles, Beverly Petrie, Alison Sherman and Roger Zieman respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

Stillwater Independent School District #834 At-Large Election – LWV candidate forum for the Stillwater Independent School District #834 School Board At-Large election, recorded on September 17, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Dawn Bevers, Katie Hockert, Matt Onken, Annie Porbeni, Mike Ptacek and Sarah Stivland respond to voter questions about their positions on issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidate Phillip St. Ores did not participate in the forum.

MN State House District 38B – LWV candidate forum for the MN State House District 38B election, recorded on September 21, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Elliott Engen and Ami Wazlawik respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

North Oaks Mayor – LWV candidate forum for the North Oaks Mayoral election, recorded on September 21, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Mark R Azman, Alex Legeros and Kara Ries, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

North Oaks City Council At-Large Election – LWV candidate forum for the North Oaks City Council at-large election, recorded on September 22, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Rich Dujmovic, Rick Kingston, Sara Shah and Tom Watson, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

North Oaks City Council Special Election – LWV candidate forum for the North Oaks City Council special election, recorded on September 22, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Jim Hara and Nick Sandell respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the election Nov. 3. Candidate Jason Triemert did not respond to LWV’s invitation.

Vadnais Heights City Council – LWV candidate forum for the Vadnais Heights City Council special election, recorded on September 23, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Erik Goebel, Bob Morse and Steve Rogers, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidates David Dejarlais and Jason Jacobson did not respond to LWV’s invitation to participate. Aaron Rogers is no longer a candidate.

Shoreview City Council – LWV candidate forum for the Shoreview City Council election, recorded on September 23, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates Sue Denkinger, Emy Johnson, Jillian McAdams, David Olson and Abraham Wolfe, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. The forum will also be broadcast on Channel 16 Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through October.

Lake Elmo Mayor – LWV candidate forum for the Lake Elmo Mayoral election, recorded on September 24, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates for Lake Elmo Mayor, Justin Bloyer and Charles Cadenhead, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the election on Nov. 3.

Lake Elmo City Council – LWV candidate forum for the Lake Elmo City Council election, recorded on September 24, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates for Lake Elmo City Council, Katrina Beckstrom, Jeff Holtz and Matt Howe, respond to questions from voters about their positions on the issues prior to the election Nov. 3.

Oak Park Heights Mayor – LWV candidate forum for the Oak Park Heights Mayoral election, recorded on September 28, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates for Oak Park Heights Mayor, Mary McComber and Mark Swenson, respond to voter questions about their positions on issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

Forest Lake City Council – LWV candidate forum for the Forest Lake City Council election, recorded on September 28, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates for Forest Lake City Council, Eric Langness and Hanna Valento, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidate Jim Miller had a family emergency and candidate Sam Husnik did not respond to LWV’s invitation to participate.

Mahtomedi School Board – LWV candidate forum for the Mahtomedi School Board election, recorded on October 1, 2020, can be viewed HERE. Candidates for Mahtomedi School Board, Lucy Payne, Kelly Reagan, Stacey Stout and Tony Vasooney, respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

MN State Senate District 38 – LWV candidate forum for the MN State Senate District 38 election can be viewed HERE. Candidates for Minnesota Senate District 38 respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the election Nov. 3.

Lake St. Croix Beach City Council – LWV candidate forum for the Lake St. Croix Beach City Council election can be viewed HERE. Candidates Johannel Armstrong, Cindie Reiter and Joe Sandon answer voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the election Nov. 3. Candidate J. P. Armstrong did not respond to LWV’s invitation to participate.

Lake St. Croix Beach Mayor – LWV candidate forum for the Lake St. Croix Beach Mayoral election can be viewed HERE. Candidate Dawn Bulera responds to voter questions about her positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election. Candidate Tom McCarthy did not respond to LWV’s invitation to participate.

City of Grant Council – LWV candidate forum for the Grant City Council election can be viewed HERECandidates Tom Carr, Kim Erickson, Wayne Sarappo and Jeff Schafer answer voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

City of Grant Mayor – LWV candidate forum for the Grant Mayoral election can be viewed HERE. Candidates Jeff Huber and Larry Lanoux respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

City of Birchwood Village Mayor – LWV candidate forum for the City of Birchwood Village Mayoral election can be viewed HERE. Candidates Michael McKenzie and Mary Wingfield respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the election Nov. 3.

City of Birchwood Village Council – LWV candidate forum for the City of Birchwood Village Council election can be viewed HERE. Candidates Mark Foster, Ryan Hankins and Justin McCarthy respond to voter questions about their positions on the issues prior to the Nov. 3 election.

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LWV White Bear Lake Area Nonpartisan Policy

LWV WBLA is nonpartisan in both our education and advocacy. We support the informed and active participation of citizens in government. We encourage our members to be informed participants in political activity. As a nonpartisan organization, we neither oppose nor support a political party or candidate even when the office is unaffiliated with a party. We take action on selected governmental issues only after study and consensus by our members. See full nonpartisan policy.

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