Election-related discussions, forums on tap

The Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club, along with its co-sponsors, the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and the Waconia Patriot, are presenting a District 47 and 47A Candidate Forum at Island View Golf Club in Waconia on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The event will feature incumbent Julianne Ortman (R) and her challenger, James Weygand (DFL), who are running for State Senate District 47, and incumbent Ernie Leidiger (R) and his challenger, Keith Pickering (DFL), who are vying for State House District 47A.
The forum is a breakfast event and attendees are welcome to show up at 7:30 a.m. After a brief Rotary meeting, the forum will occur from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $10 per person. The public is welcome to attend.
To anticipate the head count for breakfast, please RSVP to the chamber at (952) 442-5812 if you are planning to attend.

Other events/items
It’s election season and that means several election-related events are taking place in the community, such as the “Respectful Conversation on the Marriage Amendment” held at Waconia Moravian Church on Oct. 4. Here are a couple of other upcoming events:
• A Marriage Amendment Discussion featuring guest speaker John Rodgers of the Minnesota Catholic Conference will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia on Thursday, Oct. 11.
• The Carver County Republican Party is sponsoring a Voter ID Amendment meeting that will be held at 2 p.m. at Westview Acres in Waconia on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The speaker is John Rouleau, a recent St. Thomas graduate with a Political Science degree with an emphasis on Constitutional Law. Attendees will be able to ask questions and make comments. Open to the public.
• The League of Women Voters Eastern Carver County will host a Senate District 47 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. in the Carver County Commissioners Chambers, Carver County Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Chaska, on Thursday, Oct. 18. A Carver County Commissioners – District 1 Candidate Forum will follow at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
• The League also recently announced the launch of a nonpartisan election resource called www.VOTE411.org.
This “one-stop-shop” for election information provides simple tools to help Minnesota voters navigate the voting process this November.