LETTER: Sparce crowd attends forumTo the Telegram: On March 17, about 25 people attended a public forum at the Superior Public Library for candidates in the April 3 election.
To the Telegram:
On March 17, about 25 people attended a public forum at the Superior Public Library for candidates in the April 3 election. The moderator was Jim Mattson, past SFL president and retired AFSCME business agent. Each of the candidates had three minutes to introduce themselves and explain why he or she is seeking the office. One minute was allotted at the end for each candidate to sum up or add anything additional.
School board candidates Len Albrecht, Jonathan Asp, Rob Morehouse, and Curt Vanderstelt were first to field questions from the audience. The questions ranged from candidates’ opinion of Governor Walker’s stripping of collective bargaining rights to the staff handbook, which will replace the contract.
All the candidates thought it is very important to keep open the lines of communication with the teachers, support staff and administration. School board candidate Adam Bennis was unable to attend.
Next up were County Board Supervisor Nick Baker and his opponent Ed Gallagher. They took questions about the jail, county roads and the budget. County Board Supervisors Larry Quam (opponent Phil Baker), Jack Sweeney (opponent County Board Supervisor Alan Jaques) and Charlie Glazman (opponent County Board Supervisor Kathie Schulties) fielded questions together since their opponents could not attend. They were asked about the budget, issues affecting the county and whether the county would allow a nonprofit to take over the Brule fish hatchery on its anticipated closure.
County Board Supervisors Keith Allen and Kathryn McKenzie, who like many above, are now facing each other since the county board has been reduced from 28 to 21 districts. They answered similar questions to those above, as did County Board Supervisor Patricia Ryan and her opponent Jay Kinney.
County Board Chairman Doug Finn had wanted to address the group as did City Councilors Warren Bender and Bob Finsland, but time had run out.
All candidates for elected office were invited to this forum, but many were unable to attend.
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