With the general election just two months away, Greater Mankato Growth will host a series of candidate forums beginning next month.

Vice President Patrick Baker says it’s a busy election year and, “we have an open governor’s race for Minnesota; all of the executive offices; two Senate open seats for the state and then all the House representatives. Then you look on the state side, our House is up and locally we have some local elections as well.”

The scheduled forums include:

U.S. 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT FORUM |   OCTOBER 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Dan Feehan (DFL) & Jim Hagedorn (R)

South Central College, Conference Center, 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato, MN

Hosted by: Greater Mankato Growth & The Mankato Free Press

Moderators: Patrick Baker & Steve Jameson

HOUSE DISTRICT 19A FORUM   | OCTOBER 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Jeff Brand (DFL) & Kim Spears (R)

Realtors Association of Southern Minnesota, 2115 Rolling Green Lane, North Mankato, MN

Hosted by: Greater Mankato Growth & KEYC News 12

Moderators: Patrick Baker & KEYC News 12 Representative

HOUSE DISTRICT 19B FORUM | OCTOBER 24, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Representative Jack Considine (DFL) & Joe Steck (R)

Minnesota State University, Centennial Student Union, North Ballroom, Mankato, MN

Hosted by: Greater Mankato Growth & Radio Mankato

Moderators: Patrick Baker & KTOE’s Annette Weston

Baker says other forums are in the planning stages. “We are also currently working on putting together forums for our local races — for City of Mankato, for Blue Earth County – and more information will be coming out on those.”

Complete information on these events is available on the “2018 Candidate Forums” section of greatermankatoelections.com.

In addition to the candidate forums listed above, Greater Mankato Growth, as in years past, is hosting an online candidate portal that will have biographical information and candidate responses to a questionnaire from all of the key regional elections. That candidate portal will be launched at the end of September.