Fillmore County candidates set for League of Women Voters forum

The four candidates in the only two contested Fillmore County races have agreed to participate in a candidate forum in Mabel sponsored by The League of Women Voters-Fillmore County and the Bluff Country Newspaper Group.

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 candidate forum Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mabel Community Center, 201 Main Street S., Mabel. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments and an informal reception with candidates will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates will respond to questions on a wide variety of issues of concern to voters. League of Women Voters-Winona County member Lynn Theurer will moderate. The League does not endorse candidates for office or political parties.

Submit questions

Voters will have two opportunities to submit questions to the candidates. Written questions will be accepted throughout the forum. Voters can also submit questions in advance by email at or by postal mail to 400 Fillmore St. W., Preston, MN, 55965.   By League of Women Voters policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential. Any questions submitted in advance will remain confidential with all identifying information removed before the event.

Questions will focus on the future, be relevant to this race, and will be addressed to both candidates for an office.  Questions may be consolidated or edited.  The moderator will make the final selection of questions asked.

Format of forum

The League of Women Voters Minnesota candidate participation policy states that all forums will be held as scheduled, even if one of the candidates is unable or unwilling to attend. If one candidate does not appear, the candidate in attendance will have an opportunity to express his or her positions on issues in the opening and closing statements and in response to questions submitted by the audience.

During the forum, candidates will deliver a two-minute opening statement. Each candidate will have one minute to answer the questions posed by the moderator.

The League of Women Voters Minnesota, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 political organization, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all citizens. Membership information will also be available at the candidate forum.

For more information, contact Nancy Bratrud, president, at 507-765-4705 or at