Republican gubernatorial candidates Marty Seifert, Dave Thompson, Kurt Zellers and Rob Farnsworth are scheduled to meet with the CGMC Board of Directors on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The meetings, which will be held in separate one-hour increments, will give CGMC members a chance to hear the candidates’ opinions and ideas on issues that are especially important to Greater Minnesota communities, such as local government aid, property taxes, economic development and transportation.

Thompson, a current state senator from Lakeville, will meet with the Board at 10 a.m. He will be followed by Seifert, a businessman and former state representative from Marshall, at 11 a.m. Zellers, a current state representative from Maple Grove, will meet with the Board at noon. Farnsworth, a teacher from Hibbing, will close out the day with a meeting starting at 1 p.m.

The CGMC has extended invitations to all of the GOPers who have declared their candidacy to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat. Candidate Jeff Johnson met with the CGMC Board at the CGMC Fall Conference in Alexandria in November; the other declared candidate, Scott Honour, is unable to attend on Wednesday and has yet to schedule a meeting with the CGMC.