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Join us at the candidate forums

We are in the height of Duluth's political calendar. The primary election polling occurred last Tuesday. The general election will be Nov. 3. At this time of year, hardly a day goes by without someone asking me, "Who is the chamber endorsing for mayor?"

Their questions afford me an opportunity to inform them that the chamber does not endorse candidates. Rather, we provide opportunities for our members to get to know the candidates and to better understand candidate positions on issues important to our business community. Our role is one of educating and informing rather than specific candidate endorsement.

With this as our motivation, we are excited to host timely, convenient and respectful candidate forums, as follows:

• Duluth School Board candidates, Tuesday, Sept. 22

• Duluth City Council district candidates, Wednesday, Sept. 30

• Duluth City Council at-large candidates, Tuesday, Oct. 6

• Duluth mayoral candidates, Tuesday, Oct. 13

These forums will be held at 8 a.m. in the Underground located in the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. We will conclude the forums by 9:30 a.m.

The chamber is delighted to partner with the Duluth News Tribune to host the forums. We have partnered with the Tribune for the past six years. The Tribune team has done an excellent job of promoting and cohosting several high-profile candidate forums, including last year's gubernatorial, Senate and congressional candidate forums.

Additionally, it is an ideal opportunity to experience the Underground, the Duluth Playhouse's newest event space. The mission of the Underground is to serve as a community meeting place for culture, conversation, arts and education. The chamber and the Tribune appreciate having this valued community partner offer such an attractive platform for our forums.

This is your chance to hear from those who will be representing you. I hope you will join us at these forums to gain insight into the views and positions being advanced by the candidates.

Join me and learn more about the candidates who hope to be in a position to move our beloved Zenith City forward.

David Ross is the president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at 740-3751 or

David Ross

David Ross is the president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at 740-3751.