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Candidates in place for Oct. 4 vote

With the 40th provincial election soon to be officially underway, the three major political parties have their candidates in place.

And the local chambers of commerce are joining forces to hold an all candidates forum this month.

The Morden and Winkler chambers will hold the public forum Tue., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Access Event Centre in Morden.

The candidates declared for the new Morden-Winkler riding include Cameron Friesen for the Progressive Conservatives, Aaron McDowell for the NDP and Daniel Woldeyohanis for the Liberal party.

Born and raised in Morden, Friesen previously served as executive assistant to Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner.

His 12-year teaching career included positions in Winnipeg, Steinbach and Morden..

Daniel Woldeyohanis is completing his third year of nursing from the University of Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg.

He has previously worked as a care provider with seniors, and he has had volunteer experience with Folklorama, Manitoba Alive and organizing youth soccer programs.

Information on NDP candidate Aaron McDowell was not yet available.

Running in the other south central Manitoba constituencies are:

- EMERSON: PC - Cliff Graydon. NDP - Lori Fiddler. Lib - Micheline Belliveau.

- MIDLAND: PC - Blaine Pedersen. NDP - Jacqueline Theroux. Lib - Leah Jeffers.

- MORRIS: PC - Mavis Taillieu. NDP - Mohamed Alli. Lib - Janelle Mailhot.

- PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE: PC - Ian Wishart. NDP - James Kostuchuk. Lib - Michelle Cudmore-Armstrong.

Candidates have until 1 p.m. September 13 to file their nomination papers with Elections Manitoba in order to have their names on the ballot. Election day is October 4.