All candidates for City of Mankato Mayor and City Council Wards 1, 3 & 5 have been invited to participate in a forum Wednesday evening, hosted by Greater Mankato Growth.

Mayor Eric Anderson decided not to run for reelection, and five candidates are running for the seat. Honey Burg, Bukata Hayes, Toby Leonard, Najwa Massad, and Nick Tracy are running for Mayor.

Karen Foreman is the lone candidate in Ward 1; incumbent Mark Frost is being challenged by Fardousa Jama, and Aronn Oakland in Ward 3. Ward 5 candidates include Jessica Hatanpa, Tyler Meihak-True, and Taryn Surdy.

The forum takes place at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union and GMG officials say free parking is available in the sunken visitor lot directly across the street from the building.

The event will begin at 6:30 with an open house style meet & greet with the candidates, followed by a moderated candidate forum that begins at 7:00 p.m.