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"If elected, would you increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour?"

Lisa Johnson

The Local Solutions to End Poverty Candidate Forum gives low-income Duluthians a chance to speak directly with candidates for local elected offices, and gives the community can learn how the candidates stand on local efforts to promote fairness and economic stability for all people.

In addition, the folks who address the assembly pose specific questions to the canndidates and ask them to take a specific action if they're elected.

On October 1st, Duluth City Council candidates and community members gathered for the 8th annual Local Solutions to End Poverty Candidate Forum. In attendance were City Council Candidates: District 1 City Council candidate Gary Anderson; District 5 City Council candidate Janet Kennedy; District 3 City Council candidates Roz Randorf and Theresa O'Halloran Johnson; and At-Large City Council candidates Arik Forsman, Noah Hobbs, and Mike Mayou.  Also in attendance were Duluth Mayoral candidates  Emily Larson and David Nolle.

KUMD's Cameron Olson has the story.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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