, KYMN radio to host candidate forum Thursday

The election is almost here.

What election, you say? Sure, you’ve been busy and it’s hard to keep up with the news and all, but there is a primary next Tuesday, Sept. 12.

There are three candidates from Northfield running for District 2 of the Rice County Board, meaning that voters will have to narrow the field next Tuesday. And now you have a chance get up to speed – in just one evening. and KYMN radio are hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the City Council chambers at City Hall. You can meet them all, ask questions and compare their ideas – and still have time later to debate their merits over a beer at the DJJD festival. You just can’t beat that.

So, who’s running? The candidates are:

  • Galen Malecha, who is currently a City Council member.
  • Betsey Buckheit, who ran for mayor in 2004 and has served in the past on the Planning Commission -- including as chair.
  • David DeLong, who served on the City Council for six years. 

One other candidate, Bill Rossman, a former mayor of Northfield, withdrew from the race last week. He said that he is recovering well from a serious bout with cancer, but realized he isn’t yet able to do the campaigning needed for the race.

We’ll feature photos and biographies of the candidates Tuesday, so you can brush up on them before the forum. You also can add your questions to the comments field in this story or the candidate profiles.

See you Thursday.