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Want to know more about who is running for elected office in Wayzata? Mark your calendars for the Wayzata City Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, September 25. The League of Women Voters Wayzata Plymouth Area and the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce will co-host this forum. The Candidate Forums will be held 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall.The forum is free and open to the public. The forums will be broadcasted on Wayzata Community TV (WCTV). You can watch WCTV on Mediacom channels HD 8 (SD 808) or digital channel 107.1 (SD 107.1), or watch live streaming or video onDemand at www.wayzata.org/WCTV.
Wayzata City Council Forum
This forum is on Tuesday, September 25 from 7 – 7:45 p.m.at at the City of Wayzata Community Room at 600 Rice Street East in Wayzata. The candidates invited to this forum are Jeff Buchanan, Cathy Iverson, Johanna McCarthy and Barry Petit.
Candidates will respond to questions on a wide variety of issues of concern to voters. A League of Women Voters member will moderate.
Minnesota Legislative District 33A Forum
This forum will follow the Wayzata City Council forum on Tuesday, September 25 also at the City of Wayzata Community Room. The candidates for the Minnesota House District 33A will field questions beginning at 8:05 – 8:45 p.m. Invited candidates are Jerry Hertaus and Norrie Thomas.
Email Questions in Advance or at Event
Voters attending the forum have two opportunities to submit questions to the candidates. Written questions will be accepted throughout the forum. The League also has an email for voters to submit questions in advance. That email address is email@example.com. Please indicate the name of the forum in questions submitted by email (example: Subject: Wayzata City Council question). By League of Women Voter policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential. Any questions submitted via email will remain confidential with all identifying information removed before the event.
Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the event, in accordance with Forum Rules.
Format of Candidate Forums
League of Women Voters Minnesota participation policy states all forums will be held as scheduled, even if one of the candidates is unable or unwilling to attend. Deb Price, LWVWPA President, explained, “Our policy addresses voters’ concerns about our past practice of canceling forums when an opponent in a two-candidate race is unable or unwilling to be present. Now, if one candidate does not appear, the candidate in attendance will have an opportunity to express their positions on issues in their opening and closing statements and in response to questions submitted by the audience.”
Deb Price further explained, “It is unfair to voters for any one candidate or party to deprive voters of the opportunity to hear first-hand from candidates by attempting to manipulate League of Women Voters events by not appearing or not responding. We make every effort to choose dates that are agreeable to candidates and not in conflict with other public meetings or events. In today’s political environment, the League is choosing not to be held hostage by any candidate who would prefer not to answer voter questions and to see our events canceled. We feel this policy respects the time and interests of voters and candidates in attendance, and we will conduct the forum in a manner that is neutral to the absent candidate. Candidates have been notified of this policy in their invitation to the forum.”
During the forum, candidates will deliver a 2-minute opening statement. Each candidate will have 1 minute to answer the questions posed by the moderator.
The League of Women Voters Wayzata Plymouth Area does not endorse candidates for office or political parties. It is a 99-year old 501(c)3 political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all. Membership information will also be available at the Candidate Forums.
For more information, please contact Patty Robles, Voter Services, at 612.578.1071 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.