The four candidates vying for the Brooklyn Park City Council East District open seat in the upcoming Feb. 8 special election will gather tonight at a live in-person candidate forum hosted by Mshale in partnership with Hmong TV, Insight News and Somali TV of Minnesota.
Moderated by Mshale reporter Cynthia Simba, candidates will be taking questions formulated by Mshale’s editorial team from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The forum will be streamed live on Facebook pages of the participating media entities. The live forum can also be viewed on the Brooklyn Park Highlights, a popular Facebook group for the city’s residents. There will be no live audience.
The four candidates participating are Abraham Bah, Xp Lee, Benjamin Osemenam and LaDawn Severin.
Voting is already underway. Absentee voting started on Dec. 27. Voters can vote absentee between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N.
Application forms for absentee ballots are available at City Hall and on the city’s website at brooklynpark.org. Voters can request an absentee ballot application mailed to them by calling 763-493-8119 or 763-493-8180.
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