The purpose of the 2020 Voters Guide is to share information about area candidates seeking to serve their communities by being elected to city council, school board, county board, legislative and congressional district seats in the Echo Journal coverage area.

This guide concentrates on candidates in contested races, and includes their answers to three questions in hopes of helping voters decide who to cast votes for at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, or via absentee or mail ballots.

The Echo Journal reached out to candidates multiple times via email and telephone to receive as many responses as possible. Candidates in each race are listed in alphabetical order.

Because of space constraints, only contested area races are included in this guide, and candidates were limited to 75-word answers per question.

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The two city council candidates for a special election in Manhattan Beach didn’t respond to the Echo Journal, but we included the information they shared with the Brainerd Dispatch.