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Absentee Ballots must be received by Election Day, November 3!
If you have a ballot, DO NOT mail it in!

Find early voting and ballot drop off locations near you

Use Track Your Ballot to check the status of your absentee ballot


Greater Mankato Growth serves as a non-partisan information intermediary between candidates and the voters on issues impacting not only business, but the overall vitality of the region at large. As part of this effort, Greater Mankato Growth provides information about upcoming elections, hosts and provides information about candidate forums and events throughout the election season and invites candidates to complete online profiles.

Candidate Bios & Questionnaire


2020 Candidate Forums (Virtual)

ALL candidate forums will be closed to in-person public audience attendance due to current COVID-19 health and safety recommendations. Greater Mankato Growth will record the event and post it online to the organization’s YouTube page in addition to the event being replayed on KTV programming schedules. Election and candidate information including links to forums will be available greatermankatoelections.com. Additionally, all media partners have been invited to cover this forum/debate.  

Election RaceCandidatesForum DateForum TimeInfo
Mankato City Council Mike Laven (At Large)
Dennis Dieken (Ward 2)
Daniel Gatuak Puot Well (Ward 2)
Jenn Melby Kelley (Ward 4)
Sep. 16, 20206 - 7 pmWatch the Mankato City Council Candidate Forum here
House District 19BLuke Frederick (DFL)
Jeremy Loger (R)
Sep. 24, 20206:30 - 7:30 pm

Watch DFL candidate here

*Candidate Loger had been confirmed for the forum, however was unable to participate. We are hoping to reschedule soon.

Blue Earth County Commissioner Mark Piepho (District 3)
Paul FitzSimmons (District 4)
Kevin Paap (District 4)
Allen Marble (District 5)
Kip Bruender (District 5)
Sep. 28, 20206 - 7 pmWatch the Blue Earth County Commissioner Forum here
Senate District 19 Nick Frentz (DFL)
Elizabeth Bangert (R)
Oct. 15, 20206:30 - 7:30 pmWatch the Senate District 19 Forum here
House District 19A Jeff Brand (DFL)
Susan Akland (R)
Oct. 20, 20206:30 - 7:30 pmWatch the House District 19A Forum here
U.S. 1st Congressional DistrictDan Feehan (DFL)
Jim Hagedorn (R)
Sep. 27, 20205 - 6 pmHosted by KEYC: The debate will also be live-streamed on KEYC.com, in the KEYC News Now app as well as on KEYC News Now’s AppleTV and Roku platforms. Watch the forum here.
Nicollet County Commissioner Sep. 22, 2020To be aired later on SPPA TV, The City of St. Peter YouTube Channel, and KTV.

Hosted by League of Women Voters of St. Peter, along with the St. Peter Herald and the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce.

MN Senate District 19 and MN House District 19A​ Oct. 1, 2020To be aired later on SPPA TV, The City of St. Peter YouTube Channel, and KTV.

Hosted by League of Women Voters of St. Peter, along with the St. Peter Herald and the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce.

North Mankato City Council and North Mankato Mayor Oct. 13, 2020

7 pm

This event will be live-streamed and also broadcast later on KTV.

Hosted by League of Women Voters of St. Peter, along with the St. Peter Herald and the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce. Watch the forum here.

Mankato School Board Candidates Candidates ​will each record a three-minute introduction on ​Thursday, Sep. 17Watch the Mankato School Board Candidate Forum here

Co-Hosted by League of Women Voters of St. Peter and MYPlace/Mankato Youth Place.

Mankato School Board Candidates Open House  Oct. 10 1 - 3 pmSpring Lake Park Shelters 1 & 2 in North Mankato

Local Forums

Greater Mankato Growth in Partnership with KTV will be recording in-studio (virtual) candidate forums for the following local races. Once the recording is available, a link will be posted for the public to view the forum online. KTV is Greater Mankato's public access television station. To learn more about KTV visit access.ktv.org

Voter Information

  • Hours: Polling places are open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm on election day.

  • Voter Registration: You need to be a registered voter to cast a ballot. You can check your registration status here. If you’re not registered, you can do so up to 21 days in advance of election day online or in-person (instructions here) OR at your polling place on election day with appropriate proof of residence. You can learn more about registering to vote on election day here.

  • Polling Place: Find your polling location at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

Additional Resources

Blue Earth County
Nicollet County
MN Secretary of State
Registering to Vote
Absentee Voting
Employee Time Off
Where do I Vote?
Who represents me? 


All Forums Re-air on KTV Public Access
  • Charter 181
  • Consolidated 507HD or 7
Streaming Channel:  accessktv.org/watch.
All of the forums will be posted on accessktv.org/youtube.

KTV Re-air schedule:

  • Mankato City Council - Monday's 6 pm
  • Mankato School Board - Monday's 8 pm
  • District 19B - Tuesday's 8 pm
  • Blue Earth County Commissioners - Thursday's 7 pm
  • North Mankato City Council/Mayor - Thursday's 8:45 pm (debuts 10/22)
  • District 19 - Friday's 6 pm (taping on 10/15, debuts 10/16)
  • District 19A - Friday's 8:30 pm (taping on 10/20, debuts 10/23)
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