The first of four candidate forums being hosted this fall by the News Tribune and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday featuring Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Republican challenger Jason Lewis.

Held virtually, the forum will give voters a safe, convenient way to hear from and consider the qualifications and stances of Smith and Lewis. For the incumbent and challenger, the forum is a prime opportunity to reach voters by answering questions posed by News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick and Duluth Chamber President David Ross. The newspaper and Chamber have been partnering for 10 years to host candidate forums.

Up to 100 attendees can pre-register for Friday’s forum here. A live feed will be available at An on-demand, recorded version of the forum will also be available at following the live event.

Additional forums sponsored by the Chamber and newspaper are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 (Minnesota House District 7A: Rep. Jennifer Schultz, DFL, vs. Tom Sullivan, R; and Minnesota House District 7B: Rep. Liz Olson, DFL, vs. Art Johnston, R). Pre-register here.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 (Minnesota Senate District 3: Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL vs. Christopher Hogan, R; and Minnesota Senate District 7: Donna Bergstrom, R, vs. Jennifer McEwen, DFL). Pre-register here.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 (8th Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R, vs. Quinn Nystrom, D). Pre-register here.

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The News Tribune Editorial Board is also sponsoring its own candidate forum Tuesday, Oct. 13, with St. Louis County Board candidates Ashley Grimm and Joe Macor, for the district representing western Duluth, and a candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 15, with Minnesota District 11 Sen. Jason Rarick, R, and Michelle Lee, DFL.