MANKATO, MINN - Candidates vying for the District 1 Blue Earth County Commissioner seat had an opportunity to discuss some of their ideas, 
 
Three candidates for Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners participated in a forum at Minnesota State's Centennial Student Union tonight.

Among issues discussed were economic vitality, budget planning, along with dealing with the child care shortage in Minnesota.

Candidates Katie Boone, Tamera Marie Hansen and Colleen Landkamer all had a turn to share their thoughts on the shortage issue, which some think is caused by over–regulation by the state.
 
"In the future, we could bring it more local so that we can have some guidelines that we can share with the state and help regulate those so people want to be a child–care provider." said Hansen..
 
Others see smaller steps like Eagle Lake's forgivable loan program as an avenue for improvement.
 
"A small little bit goes a long way to create a bigger impact," said Boone. "I think it's that kind of problem solving and creative problem solving that's going to be able to help us address this need as a workforce issue, as a community issue."
 
Community partnerships were highlighted as another option for lessening the child care shortage.
 
"The county, the city, the initiative fund, first families. There's a bunch of people out there who are really interested in investing in affordable and good child care," said Landkamer. "I think we really need to look at something like that."
 
2018 primary elections in Minnesota will be held on Tuesday August 14th with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.

The seat is currently held by Drew Campbell who decided not to run for re–election.

----KEYC News 12