We are thrilled to announce a special collaborative venture that will take place on Thursday, September 29th, at 7 pm in the Black and Gold Ballrooms of St. Olaf’s Buntrock Commons: a candidate forum for Minnesota’s open 2nd Congressional seat. At the invitation of St. Olaf’s Center for Freedom and Community, we will be co-sponsoring with them this candidate forum, along with No Labels Minnesota (www.nolabelsmn.org) and Carleton College. Still in the planning stages, our current working title is: “Beyond the Sound Bite: A Town Hall Forum with 2nd Congressional Candidates.”
We are pleased to report that Mary Lahammer of Minnesota’s Twin Cities’ Public Television has accepted the invitation to serve as moderator for the forum, with students from both Carleton and St. Olaf also participating in the event.
No Labels is a nonpartisan organization whose primary goal is to start a national movement that will culminate in a federal government that sees the presidential administration and both houses of Congress working together to achieve goals that can be agreed on to solve the nation’s problems. Bonnie Jean Flom and Mary Carlsen of our local League are members of the event-planning team working in partnership with the director of St. Olaf’s Center for Freedom and Community, Dr. Dan Hofrenning, and members of No Labels Minnesota. Recent St. Olaf graduate and Northfield native Evan Quinnell is currently working in the Washington D.C. No Labels office and serving as liaison between them and our planning team. Once the fall term begins, the planning team will resume collaborations with students from Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.
Thanks to the technological opportunities offered on the St. Olaf campus, we will be live-streaming the event on their website. This is especially exciting since, in the recent past, voters have not been provided with the opportunity to observe 2nd Congressional candidates in a forum setting. The vastness of the 2nd District— stretching from Belle Plaine to South St. Paul, Hastings to Wabasha, and Northfield to Pine Island—makes the live-streaming an especially valuable voter service tool.
We urge you to mark your calendars now for Thursday, September 29th, at 7 pm. When the press release is finalized, we will forward it to you in the hope that you will forward it to others. We really want to pack the house, and we need your help to do it! Expect further updates as we have them to share with you.