Sunday night, Voters got their first chance to compare side-by-side all of the candidates who want to replace Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan.
The five Democratic Farmer Labor, one Republican and one Independence party candidates held a forum at the college of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
Candidates seeking the DFL endorsement are Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, Michelle Lee, Jason Metsa, Leah Phifer and, Joe Radinovich. Republican Pete Stauber is unopposed in his campaign for the Republican endorsement. Ray “Skip” Sandman has run as a Green Party candidate in the past and is running as an Independence Party candidate this time.
Nolan has decided not to seek re-election, setting off a scramble for the open seat.
The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) and St. Scholastica’s Student Senate organized the event.
Watch the video and read the live blog
Topics covered during the forum:
6:23 opening statements
16:28 – Encouraging students to go on to higher education and solving the student debt crisis
27:14 What will you do to prevent future mass shootings at schools?
38:29 What does immigration reform mean to you? How would you balance national security and privacy?
50:04 How will you address the problem of homelessness?
1:01:11 PolyMet and long term economic and environmental sustainability of Lake Superior and St. Louis River?
1:12:12 What is the best way to address problems with health care system?
1:22:56 Position on pro-life and pro-choice movements
1:31:41 Is an independent commission with redistricting the best way to guarantee fair elections in the future?
1:42:38 Closing statements