Primary Election Forums on WTIP

WTIP Community Radio will broadcast two primary election 
candidate forums live from the Grand Marais studios. WTIP’s Jay 
Andersen and Rhonda Silence of the Cook County News-Herald will share 
the questioning, with the public invited to call in or e-mail 
questions before or during the broadcasts on Tuesday, July 24 and 
Thursday, July 26 from 6 – 7 p.m. each night.
The first forum on July 24 will focus on candidates in Commissioner 
District 2. Incumbent Fritz Sobanja is running for re-election. He is 
being challenged by Garry Gamble and Kelly Swearingen.
The second forum is for candidates in Commissioner District 4. 
Incumbent Jim Johnson has announced that he will not run for re-
election. Running for his seat are Gail Anderson, Rick Austin and 
Heidi Doo-Kirk.
Tune in to WTIP at 90.7 Grand Marais; 90.1 Grand Portage; or 91.7 
Gunflint Trail on the night of the forums to hear from the candidates.
Questions for candidates may be e-mailed in advance of the broadcast 
to the Cook County News-Herald at starnews@boreal.org.