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Russell Chamber Hosts Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum 1The Russell Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Candidate Forum on Thursday evening at the Dream Theater. Candidates running for Russell City Council and the USD 407 Board of Education participated.

Candidates answered questions submitted by the community. Connie Blanke was the moderator.

Topics discussed included the importance of the local economy, water, infrastructure, school facilities, community involvement and quality of life.

Listen to the entire forum here:

In the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 7, Russell Mayor Curt Mader will run unopposed for re-election.

Russell City Council Ward 1 Councilman Frank Peirano will also run unopposed for re-election.Candidate Forum 3

Incumbent Councilman Barry Alan Hoffman will face Derrold Deatherage for the Russell City Council Ward 2 seat.

Incumbent Councilman Blaine Stoppel will battle Natalie Yarmer for the Russell City Council Ward 3 position.

And former Councilman GJ Long will challenge Savanna Huff for the Russell City Council Ward 4 spot.

Candidate Forum 2Three USD 407 Russell County Board of Education positions are up for election and all three incumbents filed for re-election.

They include Raeleen Reinhardt, Kevin Ochs and Candi Wagner.

Matt Nichols also filed for the USD 407 School Board.

All but three candidates participated in Thursday's forum. Each of those absent - Peirano, Yarmer and Huff - submitted brief responses regarding their positions. Those responses can be read by clicking their names.

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