With the primary elections only weeks away, one of the highlights of the upcoming CGMC Summer Conference is a forum featuring the candidates vying to be Minnesota’s next governor. Thus far, three candidates have confirmed their participation in the forum: DFL candidates State Rep. Erin Murphy, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Tim Walz and GOP candidate Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty has yet to respond to our invitations.

The forum, which is co-hosted by CGMC, Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Minnesota Partnership, will focus on issues important to Greater Minnesota communities such as Local Government Aid, the child care shortage, water quality regulations, transportation, infrastructure needs, housing and job training. It will be one of the few opportunities to learn about where the candidates stand on these crucial issues prior to the Aug. 14 primary.

The 90-minute forum will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 in the Grand Hall at the Verizon Center in Mankato. The event is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to attend — even if you are unable to attend the full CGMC Summer Conference — and to bring others as well. All CGMC members are also invited to join us immediately after the forum for discussion and dessert in the Reception Hall at the Verizon Center.

For those who are unable to attend the forum in person, we are partnering with the award-winning KTV public access station to do a live broadcast online at accessktv.org/watch and also on TV in the Mankato area.