The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Minnesota Partnership are hosting a gubernatorial forum Thursday night in Mankato.

Region Nine Development Commission Executive Director Nicole Griensewic Mickelson said three of the five candidates for governor will attend the event.

She explained that among the attendees are, “Tim Walz, our Congressman. Lori Swanson is not able to make it due to family obligations. And then Erin Murphy is coming, as well as Jeff Johnson. Pawlenty was invited as well but was also unable to join.”

The forum takes place at the Verizon Center’s Grand Hall and Griensewic Mickelson said, “The doors will open at 7:00 down at the Verizon Civic Center in Mankato. They’re also going to live-stream it as well on Access KTV.”

The forum will be moderated by Marvin Rhodes, general manager of KEYC News 12, and is free and open to the public.

The forum will also be televised live in the Mankato area on KTV: Channels 7 & 507 on Consolidated Communications, Channel 181 on Charter.