AAUW to host candidates forum Oct. 18

KINGSFORD — The American Association of University Women of Iron Mountain-Kingsford will hold a candidates forum on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at Kingsford High School.

The forum will start promptly at 6:30 p m. in the auditorium.

Confirmed participants include:

–Marcia Squier, Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate.

–Angie Morgan, representing 1st District Congressional candidate Matt Morgan, Democrat; and an unnamed representative for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet.

— 38th District State Senate candidates Scott Dianda, Democrat; Ed McBroom, Republican; and Wade Paul Roberts, Green Party.

— State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, and Democratic challenger Bob Romps, Democrat.

— District 95B District Court Judge Julie LaCost and challenger Grant Carlson.

— County Commissioner District 1 incumbent Joseph Stevens, Republican, and Democratic challenger and R. Douglas Stock

— County Commissioner District 2 incumbent Ann Martin, Republican, and Democratic challenger Kevin Pirlot.

— County Commissioner District 3 incumbent Barbara Kramer, Republican, and Democratic challenger Dale Alessandrini.

Lois Ellis, director of the Dickinson County Economic Development Alliance, will act as moderator.

Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. for an opportunity to talk with the candidates. Audience members will be invited to submit written questions for the candidates to answer.

“Sponsoring an event such as the candidates forum is directly in line with the mission and values of AAUW,” said Barbara Rice, public policy chairwoman of the local affiliate. “We are proud to be able to offer this opportunity for the Dickinson County community to actively interact with the candidates running for various political offices.”

AAUW is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that strives to promote gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. The local branch of AAUW supports this mission through the sponsorship of community-service opportunities such as this candidates forum and by providing scholarships.

Information about AAUW will be available at the forum. Qualified women and men can join for a reduced fee.

For more information, contact Janice Van Gasse at janicevangasse@gmail.com.