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The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!

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Absentee voting for the November 2nd municipal and school district general election began on September 17th. To help inform the public about the candidates you'll be voting for, the League of Women Voters of Dakota County hosted a series of virtual candidate forums. Several other candidate forums were hosted by other organizations. Information and video for each forum is provided below.


ISD 199 (Inver Grove Heights) school board election (3 seats)


LWV of Dakota County candidate forum was held on September 22. You can watch a rebroadcast of the forum on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859 or watch the video online via Town Square Television's website. Learn more about the election here.


ISD 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) school board election (3 seats)


LWV of Dakota County candidate forum was held on September 29. The forum was recorded courtesy of the City of Apple Valley and the video is available here, in two parts. There are many other options to watch the forum including on Comcast Xfinity channels in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights, Spectrum TV channels in Apple Valley, Rosemount, and Lakeville, on a variety of YouTube channels and Facebook pages, as well as via Roku’s community channel. Learn more about the election here.


ISD 197 (West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan) school board election (3 seats)


LWV of Dakota County candidate forum was held on October 7. The forum will be rebroadcast by Town Square Television on Comcast Xfinity channels 15/HD859 or 20/HD859 (depending on your location) and is available here. Learn more about the election here.


A meet-the-candidate forum co-hosted by the parent organizations of Garlough Elementary, Moreland Elementary, and Heritage E-STEM Middle Schools was held at Garlough Elementary School's amphitheater on September 25. More information about the forum is available here. Partial video is available here (question one) and here (question two) courtesy of the West St. Paul Reader.


A candidate forum hosted by the Optimist Club of West St. Paul was held on October 20 in West St. Paul. If video of that forum is made available, a link will be added here. Video of the forum is available here, courtesy of the Optimist Club and the West St. Paul Reader.


ISD 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) special election (1 seat)


LWV of Dakota County candidate forum was held on October 13. Video of the forum will be rebroadcast on Burnsville cable channel 18, Eagan cable channel 16, and is also available via ISD 191’s YouTube channel or Eagan Television's website. Learn more about the election here.


ISD 194 (Lakeville) special election (1 seat, plus whether to add a new seat)


LWV of Dakota County candidate forum was held on October 20. Video of the forum will be replayed on Spectrum channel 188 and is available on demand here courtesy of ISD 194 LETV. Learn more about the election here.


A separate candidate forum hosted by the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce was held on October 6. Video of that forum will be broadcast on LGTV Spectrum channel 180 and is also available on the City of Lakeville's YouTube channel.


ISD 200 (Hastings) school board election (3 seats)


A candidate forum co-hosted by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Hastings Community TV was held on October 5th at the Hastings High School auditorium. Video of the forum is available here. More information about the forum is available here and more information about the election is available here.

Updated: 6 days ago

The League of Women Voters of Dakota County hosted a virtual candidate forum for ISD 194 (Lakeville) School Board on October 20. Video of the forum will be replayed on Spectrum channel 188 and is available on demand here courtesy of ISD 194 LETV.


Absentee voting began September 17 and voting will continue through the November 2 general election to fill a single vacant seat, as well as to determine whether the school board should be expanded from six seats to seven. The candidates seeking election to the ISD 194 School Board are Carly Anderson, Cinta Schmitz, Edward Reuben Spinner, and Diane Wolden. More information about the election and how to vote is available on our Voter Resources page.

Updated: 9 hours ago

The League of Women Voters of Dakota County hosted a virtual candidate forum for ISD 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) School Board on October 13. Video of the forum will be rebroadcast via Comcast Xfinity channel 18 in Burnsville and Comcast Xfinity channel 16 in Eagan. Video of the forum is also available below courtesy of ISD 191 TV.


Absentee voting began September 17 and voting will continue through the November 2 general election to fill a single seat. The candidates seeking election to the ISD 191 School Board are Suad (Sue) Said and Abriana Savage. More information about the election and how to vote is available on our Voter Resources page.


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