Greater Minnesota issues such as local government aid, transportation and economic development will be the focus of the first debate between the three major-party candidates running for Minnesota governor. Incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) will face off against challengers Jeff Johnson (GOP) and Hannah Nicollet in the debate co-sponsored by the CGMC, Rochester Post-Bulletin and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. today at the Mayo Civic Center-Presentation Hall in Rochester. Jay Furst, managing editor of the Post-Bulletin, will serve as moderator.

The debate is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. It will also be televised live on most Minnesota public television stations, as well as C-SPAN. In addition, it will be live-streamed online at

Information for media interested in covering the debate can be found in this news advisory.