Approximately 20 people attended the “Meet the candidates” forum sponsored by the Devils Lake Affiliate of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and LRSC Student Senate Thursday afternoon at LRSC.

Approximately 20 people attended the “Meet the candidates” forum sponsored by the Devils Lake Affiliate of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and LRSC Student Senate Thursday afternoon at LRSC.

Each candidate was given five minutes to introduce themselves and to state why a voter should vote for them. An AAUW member in the audience watched the time and gave notice when there was one minute left, and when time was up. Then written questions from the audience were directed to specific candidates. Answers to each of these, were also timed.

The first panel to speak was made up of North Dakota State Candidates Charles Tuttle, running for U.S. Representative on an Independent ticket; Josh Boschee and Michael Coachman both running for Secretary of State; Casey Buchmann running for Public Service Commission and Kylie Oversen running for Tax Commissioner.

Then it was the district and local candidates in the second panel State Sen. Dave Oehlke and Barbara Vondell running for State Senate. Three State Representative candidates were on this panel; Dennis Johnson and Greg Westlind who currently hold these position and Bill Mertens running for the State House of Representatives. Ramsey County Commissioner Adam Leiphon was also part of this second panel.

Following their introductions and questions the attention turned to the Initiated Measures and County Measure No. 1.

•Initiated Measure No. 1 would add a new article to the ND Constitution establishing a North Dakota Ethics Commission.

•Initiated Measure No. 2 amends Article II of the ND Constitution to state that “only a citizen” (instead of “every citizen”) of the US is qualified to vote in a ND election.

•Initiated Measure No. 3 amends the ND Century Code by removing hashish, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from the list of schedule 1 controlled substances, define the terms marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, and prohibit prosecution for any person over the age of 21 for any non-violent marijuana related activity except for the sale of marijuana to anyone under the age of 21.

•Initiated Measure No. 4 adds a new section to the ND Century Code requiring the DOT to issue red personalized license plates to volunteer emergency responders.

•County Measure No. 1: Shall Ramsey County adopt the Home Rule Charter as published in the official county newspaper on October 5, 2018.

This discussion was followed by the 7 p.m. broadcast of the Heitkamp/Cramer debate.