Dr. Edmund Santurri (newly appointed Director of St. Olaf's Institute for Freedom and Community) let us know this week that the 2nd Congressional District candidate forum planned for September 29th has been cancelled. The reason for the cancellation is the lack of affirmative response to participation from the major party candidates.
Candidates Angie Craig and Jason Lewis had agreed to participate in a candidate forum in St. Paul to take place eleven days before our proposed September 29th date. Now we learn that they have also cancelled that event.
We are very disappointed. Voters have not had the opportunity to hear 2nd Congressional District candidates in a forum or debate setting for several years. Perhaps voters will make their disappointment known to both candidates.
We also need to say what a pleasure it was to, once again, engage with students from Carleton and St. Olaf in the planning process, although the event did not come to fruition this time.