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Public invited to town candidate forum


Residents of Coulee Dam will have an opportunity to get to know at least some of their candidates for town council positions in the Nov. 3 election.

The forum will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the community room at city hall.

Scott Hunter, publisher of The Star newspaper, will serve as moderator of the event.

Candidates, six of whom are running for the three open council positions, have been invited to participate in the forum, but only three plan to attend.

Candidates will have an opportunity to provide information about themselves and later answer questions from the public and the evening’s moderator.

The candidate forum will go from 6-8 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.

The three not attending are Ben Alling, who will be hunting; Ken Miles, who will be traveling in Nevada and California; and Bonnie Femling, who couldn’t be reached.

Candidates appearing on the ballot for the Position 1 council seat are David Schmidt and Femling. Both previously served on the town council. Their race is for a two-year unexpired term.

Running for the Position 4 council position, a four-year term, are Herb Sherburne and Alling, who is a current council member.

Keith St. Jeor is challenging sitting Councilmember Ken Miles for the Position 5 seat, a four-year term.

The races are tied to a number of challenges the town faces, such as the new wastewater treatment plant, service consolidation with other towns, water issues, and more.

The public is invited to meet the candidates attending and to ask questions that concern them.

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