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Local forums planned for Oct. 19, 26

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The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring candidate and issues forums each of the next two Tuesdays.

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It has invited eight candidates appearing on the ballot for the Nov. 2 general election. The events will begin at 7 p.m. on both days in the Mitchell Technical Institute Technology Center amphitheater, at 1800 E. Spruce St. The Daily Republic plans to webcast both events at www.mitchellrepublic.com.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, all three candidates for the state House District 20 seats have been invited to speak. Two representatives will be elected.

Rep. Lance Carson and Tona Rozum, both Republican candidates, and independent candidate Becky Haslam are scheduled to appear.

Both Davison County auditor candidates are also slated to speak that night -- Auditor Susan K. Kiepke, the Republican candidate, and independent candidate Val Anderson.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the three candidates for the District 20 state Senate seat have been invited.

State Sen. Mike Vehle, the Republican candidate, Susan Thie, the Democratic candidate, and independent candidate Steve "Sibby" Sibson are scheduled to speak.

The proposed city ordinance allowing the off-sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday will also be discussed that evening.

Mayor Lou Sebert is one of two speakers planned for that discussion and will speak in favor of the ordinance.

The Rev. Carroll Torberson, who led the petition drive to place the issue on the ballot, said Tuesday that he has been invited to speak against Sunday alcohol sales and is trying to clear his schedule to do so. Torberson said if he cannot, someone else will.

Sonya Moller, of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, said organizers are trying to schedule a discussion of the Lake Mitchell land-use issue that will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

She said if speakers on both sides of the issue can be found, it will be added to the Oct. 19 forum.

The events will be presented much like other candidate forums, Moller said. Each candidate will be offered 90 seconds for an opening statement.

There will then be two rounds of questions from the media, and the audience will be invited to write down questions, which will be perused by the media members and asked of the candidates or issue speakers.

The legislative candidate forums are scheduled to last 45 minutes to an hour. The auditor forum is slated for 30 minutes, and the issue forum or forums will be held for 25 minutes.

For more information, call Moller at the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce at 996-5567.

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