Virginia Council Candidates Take the Stand at Kids Voting Debate

By KBJR News 1

November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 7:36 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---With election day less than a week away, the four people vying for the three positions on the Virginia city council are doing all they can to reach out to their constituents, even to non voters.

The candidates in the race are Nevada Littlewolf, Dennis Lindberg, Charlie Baribeau and Mike Ralston.

All 4 took the stage at a Kids Voting City Council Debate at Virginia High School today.

Each candidate was asked a series of questions regarding development of city lands and the future of the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Kids Voting Minnesota works with schools across the nation to help youth learn about issues in their community city governments.

On Nov. 8, kindergarten through 12th grade students will get a chance to vote in a Kids Voting non-binding election.

Organizers say interesting kids in political elections also helps energize their parents to vote.

"They get their parents up off the couch and say this is important to me, and sometimes that re-emphasizes to parents that voting is important, especially when they are reminding them that it is important," Cris Ismil, Director of the Iron Range Youth in Action.

"Definitely, I'm going to get my parents to come out, get my sister to come out with me. We are definitely going to get out and vote," Jenna Kingsley, a sophomore involved in Iron Range Youth in Action.

For the past decade, Virginia schools have had the largest turnout for Kids Voting than any other school in the nation.

Approximately 70,000 youth register and vote each year in Minnesota in this program.

Posted to the web: Jennifer Walch