Two candidate debates set for Austin
AUSTIN — A candidates forum for Austin area state legislative races will be 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin.
A second forum for Austin city council and school board races will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Austin City Hall council chambers.
The Government Affairs Committee of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, together with KAUS 1480 AM Radio, will host the forums; the public is invited.
Those invited to the Wednesday event are incumbent Jeanne Poppe (DFL) and challenger Dennis Schminke ((I-R). Topic areas will include state budget and taxes, education, transportation, healthcare and economic development.
City council candidates include Judy Enright and Jon Boyer in Ward 3; and Brian Staska and Dave Hagen in Ward 2. Unchallenged candidates for city council will also be invited to make brief remarks. Candidates for Austin School Board include Peggy Young, Don Fox, Kathy Green, Rolando Ocampo, Lisa Haase and Angie Goetz.Questions from the audience will be invited.
Pre-registration is appreciated and advance questions are encouraged. Call the chamber at 507-437-4561 to reserve your seat.