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St. Scholastica to host 8th District forum

The entire field of 8th Congressional District candidates will meet in a forum at the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Republican Pete Stauber, the Independence Party's Ray "Skip" Sandman and the five candidates vying for the De...

The entire field of 8th Congressional District candidates will meet in a forum at the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday from 6-8 p.m.
Republican Pete Stauber, the Independence Party’s Ray “Skip” Sandman and the five candidates vying for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination - Leah Phifer, Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, Joe Radinovich, Michelle Lee and Jason Metsa - will be in attendance, organizers said.
The event is free and open to the public. After the forum, the candidates will appear at a reception from 8-9 p.m. in Benedictine Commons on the St. Scholastica campus.
The forum will consist of a set of prewritten questions followed by audience questions.
The College of St. Scholastica Student Senate, in cooperation with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is sponsoring the forum with the help of the College of St. Scholastica’s History and Politics Department, the Democratic and Republican student organizations at UMD, and UMD’s Political Science Department.
Jason Chavez, president of the St. Scholastica Student Senate, said St. Scholastica’s student leaders had the idea to host a candidate forum. When they reached out to UMD’s student leaders, they found they had a similar idea.
“This election has a big role on life in this part of the state,” Chavez said. “We want to enable students and other members of the public to hear all the different viewpoints from the candidates.”
The forum will feature two moderators, one each from St. Scholastica and UMD. Co-sponsoring organizations will be tabling before the forum begins starting at about 5:30 p.m.
The event marks the first public event to compare candidates in the 8th District with all political parties present. The 8th Congressional District DFL is hosting a forum April 4 from 6-9 p.m. at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for the five DFL candidates.

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