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Primary election forum planned tonight

NEW ULM — The League of Women Voters of New Ulm will hold a pre-primary election forum for New Ulm City Councilor At Large candidates and Republican candidates for House District 16B tonight.

Andrea Boettger, Larry Mack and Charles Schmitz will appear at 6:30 p.m. to respond to questions about their candidacy for New Ulm City Council President. Tammy Houle and Paul Torkelson will appear at 7:30 pm to respond to questions about their candidacy for the Republican Primary for Minnesota House Seat 16B.

The forum will take place in New Ulm City Council Chambers, but the league will NOT have audience members physically present. The public will be able to participate, however. The event will be broadcast live by NUCAT, KNUJ and Facebook live via the League of Women Voters New Ulm Facebook account.

Candidates will respond to questions on a wide variety of issues of concern to voters. League of Women Voters St. Peter will moderate. LWV does not endorse candidates for office or political parties.

Email Questions in

Advance or at Event

Voters attending the forum have two opportunities to submit questions to the candidates. Written questions will be collected throughout the forum via email and telephone. Questions may be submitted in advance by email. The email address for advance questions and questions during the event is lwvnewulm@lwmn.org. Telephone numbers to call and submit questions during the event will be announced during the event.

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.

Forum Format

The LWV MN Candidate Participation policy states that all forums will be held as scheduled, even if one of the candidates is unable or unwilling to attend. 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.

During the forum, candidates will deliver an opening statement respond to questions posed by the moderator and deliver a closing statement.

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