The public is invited to forums featuring local candidates running for state representative, Alexandria City Council and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

The Alexandria Area League of Women Voters and Alexandria chapter of the American Association of University Women will sponsor a forum for candidates running for Minnesota House seats 8B and 12B on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College.

The 8B forum includes Mary Franson (incumbent), R-Alexandria, and Gail Kulp, DFL-Alexandria. It begins at 6 p.m. in the large conference room at the Alexandria Technical and Community College.

The 12B forum includes Paul Anderson (incumbent), R-Starbuck, and Ben Schirmers, DFL-Sauk Centre, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

A Thursday, Oct. 4 forum will feature candidates for Alexandria City Council and Douglas County Board. The City Council forum for Ward 2 candidates Bob Kuhlman (incumbent) and Roger Thalman begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of Alexandria City Hall.

The County Commissioners forum follows at 7:15 p.m and includes District 2 - Judy Backhaus and Tim Kalina; District 4 - Charlie Meyer (incumbent) and Mike Woods; and District 5 - Owen Miller (incumbent) and Heather Larson.

The purpose of the forums is to provide the voters of Douglas County the opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election.

The LWV and AAUW are nonpartisan groups and do not endorse, support or oppose candidates for political office.

The format will include opening and closing statements and audience questions read by a moderator. Questions can be submitted in advance to The identity of individuals who submit questions both at the forum or via email will remain confidential.