Making Democracy Work

Online Forums and Debates

Forums and Debate Principles

The links below provide League of Women Voters Minnesota documents on criteria and guidance when sponsoring candidate forums and debates.

Candidate Policy Background Information

Candidate Participation Policy

Candidate Participation Criteria

LWV ABC Forum Ground Rules

Online Forums and Debates Sponsored by LWV ABC

Activate the links to access forums and debates which LWV ABC has conducted. Unless otherwise noted, Quad City Community Television (QCTV) produced the videos.

Fridley Councilmember at Large (Primary Election) 38 minutes; August 3, 2016. Produced by Fridley Municipal Television, Fridley, MN

Three of the four candidates for Councilmember at Large participate in the forum. The top two vote getters move to the November 9, 2016, general election ballot.

Coon Rapids City Council Wards 1 and 4 (Primary Election) 1 hour, 32 minutes' July 22, 2016. Produced by Coon Rapids Community Television Network, Coon Rapids, MN

LWV ABC interviewed the six candidates in Ward 1 and the five candidates in Ward 4 in the August 9, 2016 primary election. The top two vote getters in each ward move to the November 9, 2016, general election ballot.

Get Ready to Vote 30 minutes; July 7, 2016

In this video, citizens give many compelling reasons to vote. Then Geri Nelson, LWV ABC Voter Service co-chair, interviews Secretary of State Steve Simon to provide comprehensive information on voting in Minnesota.

Water Resources in the QCTV Area: Updates and Opportunities: 35 minutes; May 9, 2016.

Todd Haas Todd, Lower Rum River Water Management Organization chair, explains the purpose of the 16 Minnesota watershed organizations in the seven-county Metro area and issues related particularly with the Lower Rum River watershed.

Connexus Board Candidate Forum March 2016: 38 minutes; March 2016; produced by Coon Rapids Community TV

Connexus Energy is an electric cooperative providing electricity and related products and services in portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, and Washington counties.

Campaign Finance Reform 75 minutes; January 14, 2016

Gary Goldsmith, Minnesota Campaign Finance Board executive director, State Representative Jerry Newton and former State Representative Kathy Tingelstad participate in a panel discussion.

The Importance of Staying Restless About Democracy: 68 minutes; October 2015

Guest speaker is Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Candidate Forum for District 11 School Board Seats 43 minutes; October 8, 2015

Safe Passage for Minnesota Children: 43 minutes; May 22, 2015

Guest speaker is Executive Director Rich Gehrman at Safe Passage for Minnesota Children, an organization devoted to improving the Minnesota child welfare system.

Water Resources + Next Steps for Water Supply and Environmental Integrity 60 minutes; February 18, 2015

Guest speakers are Lanya Ross, Metropolitan Council geologist and Bart Biernat, Anoka County environmental health specialist.

Restore the Vote: Making Our Community Whole 25 minutes; February 12, 2015

LWV ABC Pollinator Advocacy Project: 60 minutes; December 21, 2014

Discussion among the League of Women Voters and industry professionals about how to help the decreasing bee population.

Community Conversation: Sex Trafficking 1 hour, 20 minutes; July 24, 2014

Other Forums

The videos in this section are produced by other League of Women Voters organizations on various topics.

State Supreme Court Candidates Forum (Primary Election) 60 minutes; July 27, 2016. Produced by Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission, Brooklyn Park, MN. Forum organized by League of Women Voters Minnesota.

This forum questions three candidates in the August 9, 2016, primary for State Supreme Court justice. The top two vote getters move to the November 9, 2016, general election ballot.

Caucus: Power Up Your Vote 32 minutes; February 10, 2016

Information on the upcoming March 1 2016, precinct caucuses is provided by LWV Minnesota Executive Director Susan Sheridan Tucker, and representatives from the Republican and Democratic Farmers League (DFL) parties.

League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization 22 minutes; November 19, 2015

Gretchen Sabel, an LWV ABC member, explains the purpose of the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization (ILO). The ILO promotes and advocates on issues relating to a large portion of the Mississippi.