Residents should attend tonight’s candidate forum

Chance to hear from supervisor candidates should not be missed

In an election year, the races for national and state offices usually get the most attention, but it is the campaigns for local offices, such as county boards of supervisors, which can have the most impact on the everyday lives of Iowans.

In Webster County there are two seats on the Board of Supervisors which will be filled by the voters on Nov. 8. In District 1, Republican Supervisor Keith Dencklau is retiring after 16 years in office. Democrat Tommy Coleman and Republican Austin Hayek are vying to replace him. District 1 includes Badger, Duncombe, parts of northeastern Fort Dodge, Vincent and rural areas of northeastern Webster County.

In District 4, Democratic Supervisor Niki Conrad is seeking her second term. She faces a challenge from Republican Reggie Simmons. District 4 is almost entirely in the Fort Dodge city limits, covering western and northern parts of the city plus a small amount of rural area just north of the city.

Tonight, county voters will have a chance to quiz all four candidates on the issues of concern to them.

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is holding a Webster County Supervisor Election Forum starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Triton Cafe at Iowa Central Community College.

Questions for the candidates can be submitted in advance by emailing them to jill@greaterfortdodge.com. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the forum.

Our American democracy needs more participation at all levels. Going to a candidates’ forum, asking questions and listening to the answers is a great way to participate in democracy close to home. It is an opportunity that millions of people around the world wish they had, and one that residents of Webster County should take full advantage of.

We encourage everyone to attend tonight’s forum.


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