Candidates’ forum set for Oct. 4

The first of two candidates’ forums will be held at the Spring Valley Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The forums are sponsored by Spring Valley VFW Post 4114 and the Spring Valley Tribune. Candidates for contested county offices — auditor-treasurer and sheriff — is set for Thursday, Oct. 4. Another forum for Spring Valley City Council candidates is set for the following Thursday, Oct. 11.

Heidi Bly Jones and Brian Hoff, who are running for county auditor-treasurer, and John DeGeorge and Tom Kaase, who are running for sheriff, will participate in the first forum for county contested offices. The four candidates will be on the ballot for the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The forums will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Spring Valley Community Center. Questions will be reviewed beforehand to make sure they are appropriate. They will be randomly drawn out of a basket with each candidate getting two minutes to answer. There will be three minutes for an introduction from each candidate before the questions and two minutes at the end for a final statement.

The public may submit questions by going online to under the submissions tab across the top of the homepage. Questions may also be brought into the Tribune office, 101 South Broadway Avenue or mailed to Tribune, P.O. Box 112, Spring Valley, MN 55975.

The four Spring Valley City Council candidates — none of them incumbents — are Thomas Brunson, Chris Danielson, John Dols and Luan Reusink. Voters will choose two candidates on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The only mayoral candidate, Tony Archer, who is on the council now, will be at the forum as well. He will give a brief statement on his candidacy, but will not be involved in the questioning with the four council candidates.

The VFW and Tribune have co-sponsored a forum every election year since 2014 with the county sheriff and commissioner candidates participating that year and Kingsland School Board candidates taking part in 2016. Only one person filed for the three School Board openings this year.