In an election reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, one standby event on the election year calendar continued, albeit entirely online — the Dubuque League of Women Voters candidate forum.
For nearly an hour and a half Tuesday night, six candidates for four Statehouse seats representing portions of Dubuque County answered the same list of questions, submitted by county residents. Several of these focused on COVID-19 relief needed in the 2021 legislative session. Others touched on gun control, Iowa’s privatization of Medicaid, felon voting rights and a possible moratorium on factory farms.
Positions and answers were as varying as the candidates.
The only question answered with a unified voice was their opposition to a constitutional convention. Every 10 years, by statute, Iowa voters are asked if they favor establishing one.
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Regarding COVID-19, candidates were asked what needs they would express to Gov. Kim Reynolds if the opportunity