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League to host PT candidate forum

October 19, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP - The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country will conduct a candidate forum for the Portage Township Board of Trustees so voters can hear their views on the issues.

Kathy Flagstadt, LWVCC voter services chair, said the decision to conduct the forum was based on what seems to be strong voter interest.

"There were voters from the township who expressed a desire to have this type of format," Flagstadt said.

The forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Houghton High School auditorium.

The LWVCC recently conducted a candidate forum for Houghton County office candidates, including the board of commissioners and prosecuting attorney, as well as 110th District State Representative candidates.

Flagstadt said the format for the forum for the Portage Township candidates will be the same as other LWVCC forums.

"Each candidate will have one minute to give an opening statement, one minute to respond to audience questions and one minute for a closing statement," she said.

The forum will be in three segments, Flagstadt said. The supervisor candidates will be first, followed by the treasurer and trustee candidates.

The current board is: Supervisor Bruce Petersen (D), Treasurer Carol Little (R) and Trustees Peggy Anderson (D), Mark Jalkanen (Ind.), John Ollila (D) and Jim Zerbst (D).

The opponents are Mike Wilmers (R) for supervisor, Quincy Higgins-Arney (Ind.) for treasurer, Jamie Solka (R) for clerk, and for trustees Bill Bingham (R), Andrew Kemper (R) and Jonathon Stone (Ind).

Questions written on cards by audience members will be collected by pages, who will give them to other LWV members to be screened for redundancy, Flagstadt said.

The LWVCC doesn't take positions on candidates, Flagstadt said, but they occasionally take positions on ballot issues after a period of study.

No campaign material will be allowed in the auditorium, Flagstadt said, including buttons, placards or posters.

For more information about the Portage Township candidate forum, visit



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