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Candidate Forums

Candidate Forum

About the Forums

The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting public candidate forums. All candidates registered with the Secretary of State have been invited to attend.

There is only one moderator per forum, and they are not functioning in a personal capacity, but instead as a chamber representative.  The questions are based on responses from members about topics that are important to them.  All questions will be asked by the moderator and a time limit will be given. A timekeeper will keep time for the candidates.  Additional questions may be submitted by the audience and if time allows, the moderator may ask a question on that topic. The forum may be recorded, and it will be widely shared to help voters understand the issues and the candidates.

Lastly, since this is a public information forum and not a campaign event, we respectfully request that all candidates and their supporters not display campaign literature or wear campaign insignia, including signs, buttons, or lapel pins during this forum. Candidates are welcome to bring family members but we ask that they follow the same rules.

2022 Schedule

ISD 728 School Board @ District Office

  • Wednesday, October 5
  • Meet & Greet 5:30    Forum at 6:00 pm 

Sherburne County @ Big Lake High School

  • Monday, October 10
  • Commissioners Meet & Greet 5:30 Forum at 6:00 pm
  • Auditor & Treasurer following

City of Otsego City Council @ Otsego Council Chambers

  • Tuesday, October 11
  • Meet & Greet 6:00   Forum at 6:30 pm

City of Elk River City Council @ Elk River Council Chambers

  • Tuesday, October 18
  • Meet & Greet 5:30    Forum at 6:00 pm

Legislative District 30 @ Elk River City Hall

  • Wednesday, October 19
  • Meet & Greet 5:30    Forum at 6:00 pm

City of Zimmerman City Council @ Zimmerman City Hall

  • Monday, October 24
  • Meet & Greet 5:30    Forum at 6:00 pm
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The Elk River Area Chamber does not assume any party affiliation, nor do we endorse any candidate.  We are hosting this forum to provide information about the candidates to the public.