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Candidate Open House takes place next week

By Staff | Oct 7, 2016

The North Dakota Community Alliance is holding a Candidate Open House next Saturday, October 15 from 2-6 p.m. at the Rugby Armory.

Candidates representing all categories on the ballot will be present to mingle with event attendees. Each candidate will have a table, where he will be handing out various campaign items and answering questions asked by the public.

“We’re hoping that it’s fun,” Stephanie Steinke, chairperson of NDCA said. “It’s the first of its kind. It isn’t a traditional, very political event.”

The idea is that current and future voters will be able to interact with the candidates in a casual setting and ask about their campaign, the issues they represent, and what they will do for the community.

“Normally, [citizens] don’t get the opportunity to ask these questions,” Steinke said. “It’s part of getting local people to come out and get involved, but also getting the candidate to come and talk. It’s more for the community, rather than for the politicians.”

Although the NDCA board members will be in the room to help facilitate the event, attendees are encouraged to talk with whichever candidates they choose to on their own.

Confirmed candidates include Marvin Nelson, Ronald Riemers, Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun, Ruth Buffalo, Jerod Tufte, Lonnie Olson, James Wang, Jerry Klein, Dave Anderson, Glen Baltrusch, Jon Nelson, Dennis Fred, Bonita Lindseth, Mark Nelson, Mike Christensen, Terry Grove, Terry Hoffert and Brad Odden.

Representatives will also be in attendance to answer questions about Measure 3, Crime Victims Rights “Marsy’s Law”; Measure 4, Tobacco Tax Increase; and Measure 5, Medical Marijuana Compassionate Care Act.

Candidates represent the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties, apart from the candidates for judge, which are nonpartisan offices.

“The purpose of NDCA is to educate people about the political process. We don’t endorse anyone, we just want to help people learn and provide the education,” Steinke said.

The Open House is kid friendly and will have refreshments and activities for all to enjoy.

Part of the event is geared towards high school students. Kevin Leier and Brian Olson, Social Studies instructors at Rugby High School, have worked together to bring students to the event.

For more information, visit the North Dakota Community Alliance Facebook and Candidate Open House event page.

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