Congressional candidates to debate at FarmFest

GILFILLAN ESTATE – First District congressional candidates will face off in a debate during a candidate forum at FarmFest on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and another debate in Rochester at a later date.

Congressman Tim Walz, the Democratic incumbent, issued an invitation Aug. 1 to the Republican candidates -Aaron Miller, the candidate endorsed by the party, and Jim Hagedorn, who jumped back into the primary race after the endorsing convention, complaining that Miller wasn’t working hard enough to get elected.

Hagedorn, who has been trying to engage Miller in debates the past few weeks, quickly accepted the invitation, and Miller’s campaign said Saturday that Miller also welcomes the chance “to have a public discussion on solutions to issues that affect southern Minnesota.”

On Tuesday, the four Republican governor candidates will debate at 10:30 a.m. at the Wick Building FarmFest Center. Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated he will be at FarmFest but will not participate in the Forum.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate candidates will hold a forum at 10:30 a.m. The panel will include Senator Al Franken (D), Mike McFadden (R), Jim Abler (R), Kevin Terrell (I) and David Carlson (R).

Congressional candidates from around the state will debate at 1:15 p.m. Participants include Congressman Collin Peterson (D), Seventh; Torrey Westrom (R), Seventh; Congressman Tim Walz (D), First; Aaron Miller (R), First; Jim Hagedorn (R), First; Mike Obermueller (D), Second; Tom Emmer (R), Sixth; Joe Perske (D), Sixth; Rhonda Sivaraja (R), Sixth; John Denney (I) (Sixth); and Congressman Rick Nolan (D), (Eighth).

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