School board races kick off League of Women Voters forums

September 30, 2018

A series of League of Women Voters Rochester candidate forums starts Wednesday with focus on a pair of Rochester School Board races.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Melissa Amundsen and Bruce Kaskubar will face off in the board’s open Seat 2 race, followed by Seat 4 incumbent Julie Workman and challenger John Eischen exchanging views at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Rochester Public Library.

The two remaining school district races — seats 5 and 6 — were rescheduled from Thursday to Oct. 7 since the original schedule conflicted with President Trump’s rally at the nearby Mayo Civic Center.

At 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Seat 5 incumbent Jean Marvin will make a formal statement since her challenger, Dwight Ferguson, has suspended his campaign.

The statement will be followed by a 2:05 p.m. forum featuring Seat 6 candidates Cathy Nathan and Greg Gallas, who are seeking to fill an open board seat.

Additional candidate forums are slated to be held at the library during the following weeks:

Oct. 8

• 6:30 p.m.: State House District 25A incumbent Duane Quam and challenger Jamie Mahlberg

• 7:30 p.m.: State House District 25B incumbent Duane Sauke and challenger Kenneth Bush

Oct. 9

• 6:30 p.m.: State House District 26A incumbent Tina Liebling and challenger Paul Wilson

• 7:30 p.m.: State House District 26B incumbent Nels Pierson and challenger Tyrel Clark

Oct. 15

• 6:30 p.m.: Olmsted County Commissioner District 4 incumbent Matt Flynn and challenger John Helmers

• 7:30 p.m.: Olmsted County Attorney incumbent Mark Ostrem and challenger Geoff Hjerleid

Oct. 16

• 6:30 p.m.: Rochester Mayor candidates Kim Norton and Charlie O’Connell

• 7:30 p.m. City Council Ward 3 incumbent Nick Campion and challenger Arlo Kroening

Oct. 17

• 6:30 p.m.: City Council Ward 1 candidates Patrick Keane and Heather Holmes

• 7:30 p.m.: City Council Ward 5 candidates Shaun Palmer and Judy Hickey

The forums are streamed live from the Rochester Public Library auditorium and will be available on the library’s website (https://bit.ly//RPLvideo under “Candidate Forum”). The video recording also will be archived at the library for future viewing.

The forums do not use a debate format, although candidates are given a limited opportunity to rebut comments made by their opponents. Candidates will make opening and closing statements and the questioning segments will be timed to give the candidates equal time to express their points of view.

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