Meet the candidates event helps voters make informed decisions

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The first panel of speakers at Thursday’s “Meet the Candidates” event included George Sinner, Democrat, running for U.S. House of Representatives; Roland Riemers, Libertarian, running for N.D. Secretary of State; Ryan Taylor, Democrat, running for Ag Commissioner and Jason Astrup, running for Tax Comissioner.

It was standing room only in the Chautauqua Gallery Thursday evening as American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Business and Professional Women (BPW) sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” event at LRSC.

All incumbents and challengers were invited to attend and a good cross section of those running were able to be present.

Each speaker was given three minutes to introduce themselves and their platform. When each panel was finished, written questions were allowed from the audience and those who answered were given an additional minute or two to reply.

The first panel to be seated included George Sinner, Democrat, running for U.S. House of Representatives; Roland Riemers, Libertarian, running for N.D. Secretary of State; Ryan Taylor, Democrat, running for Ag Commissioner and Jason Astrup, running for Tax Commissioner.

The second panel had one member, Tyler Axness, who is running for the Public Service Commission, a two-year unexpired term.

Then the candidates for Ramsey County Commission were seated; Ed Brown, Scott Diseth, Adam Leiphon and Jay Klemetsrud. The four are vying for two seats on the commission.

Senator Dave Oehlke, and Representatives Curt Hofstad and Dennis Johnson made up the next panel. All three are running unopposed on the November ballot.

Then it was time to hear about the eight measures on the ballot and representatives read each measure then gave a brief analysis of what a yes or no vote would mean.

Beth Brown started it off with measure No. 1 and Judy Ovre assisted by giving the opposing view for this measure.

Vonda Markestad discussed Measure No. 2 and Lloyd Halvorson talked about Measure No 3.

Measure No. 4 was addressed by Sen. Oehlke, Measure No. 5 by Ovre and Measure No. 6 discussed by Riemers (for) and Mike Hurly (against).

Measure No. 7 was addressed by New Rockford Pharmacist, Shane Wendel and Veronica Nicla, DLPS School Board member addressed Measure No. 8.

No matter whether each individual supported or opposed each measure, the message was the same, be informed and don’t forget to vote on November 4.