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Candidate forum for DFL District 3A primary


The Cook County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a House District 3A DFL primary election candidate forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Mail ballots for the DFL primary should show up in mail boxes on Sept. 14 or 15, so you can attend the forum and still  have lots of time to mark your ballot and mail it back.
The four candidates running in the DFL primary are Bill Hansen of Tofte, Heidi Omerza of Ely, Rob Ecklund of International Falls and Eric Johnson of International Falls.
There also is one Republican and one independent running, but they have no primary opponents and thus are ensured a place on the Dec. 8 general election ballot, along with the winner of the DFL primary.  The winner of the general election will replace  David Dill as the District 3A representative in the Minnesota House. Dill passed away in August.
At the forum, questions will be asked of the candidates by Jay Andersen of WTIP and Rhonda Silence of the Cook County News-Herald. Andersen and Silence will incorporate questions submitted by the public as they prepare for the forum.
If you have a question for the DFL candidates that  you would like Andersen and Silence to ask, please send it to  Please get your questions in by Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Hope to see you at the candidate forum on Sept. 16.

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