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Candidates forum set for Oct. 14

The Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 14 — but this year’s event will have an added attraction.
The forum will be broadcast live over the cable access channel, Channel 10, and home viewers will have an opportunity to call in their questions.
As in the past, the forum will be moderated by Karen Benson, one of the original organizers of the forum when it was sponsored by the now-defunct Glencoe Business and Professional Women.
The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Glencoe City Center. State and federal candidates will open the forum, followed by city, school and county candidates.
All questions will come from the floor or call-ins. David Nelson, president of the Chamber, said residents may also e-mail questions to him at dnelson@ci.glencoe.mn.us, or by calling him at 320-864-3650.
During the forum itself, television viewers may call 320-864-4267, where operators will take their questions.
Questions will be screened by forum organizers to avoid duplication and for appropriateness.
Those who have confirmed their appearances for state offices include Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke of the Independence Party, and Chris Wright and David Daniels, Grassroots, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor; and state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, and DFL challenger John Lipke, D-Stewart, for the District 18B Minnesota House seat.
Contenders for the McLeod County District 2 commissioner seat, incumbent Kermit Terlinden and challenger Doug Krueger, have both committed to coming.
All of the Glencoe City Council candidates also will be there, including incumbent Lori Adamietz and challenger Allen Robeck for the at-large council seat; incumbent John Schrupp, 2nd Precinct, who is running unopposed; and 3rd Precinct candidates Gary Ziemer, incumbent, and challenger Marie Thurn.
There are also five candidates for three open seats on the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board, including Clark J. Christianson, Jason Lindeman and Anne Twiss, all incumbents, former GSL Board Member Gary Schreifels and newcomer Pat Fogarty. All five will appear at the forum.
Nelson said each candidate will have about a minute for opening comments as to why they are seeking office, and each will have 90 seconds to answer questions, in rotating order so that each candidate is not always the first nor the last to answer.
The forum is expected to last until about 9 p.m.