Legislative, Rosemount City Council hopefuls to be at forum
Four candidates vying for legislative seats in Senate District 57 and four Rosemount City Council candidates will participate in a 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, forum at Rosemount City Hall.
City Council candidates will answer questions starting at 7 p.m., and after a short break, the legislative forum will start at approximately 8:30 p.m.
The forum is being organized by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce with assistance from Sun Thisweek in developing questions that will be asked.
“A candidate forum provides a great way to see the candidates up close,” said Ruthe Batulis, president of the chamber. “One can tell a lot about a candidate the way they listen, answer questions and generally conduct themselves in a forum. One can tell if a candidate understands the issues or is just repeating sound bites. A candidate may provide a key to how they interact with others, and respond to potential criticism or a disagreement on an issue.”
People who are unable to attend the forum will be able to view it on Cable Channel 22.
City Council candidates invited to the forum are incumbent Jeff Weisensel, Vanessa Olson Demuth, Joe Kurle and Joseph Zanmiller.
The City Council hopefuls responded to six Sun Thisweek questions prior to the primary election. Those responses can be found online here.
Senate District 57 candidates expected are Pat Hall, R-Apple Valley, and Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley.
House District 57B candidates are DFLer Jeff Wilfahrt of Rosemount and Republican Anna Wills of Apple Valley.
The Senate seat in this race was vacated by Republican Sen. Chris Gerlach, who retired from his position and is running for Dakota County commissioner.
The House 57B position was vacated by Republican Kurt Bills who is running for U.S. Senate against Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat.
Batulis encouraged people to attend the forum.
“One of the most important things the chamber does is to provide an opportunity for citizens to understand the issues that confront our businesses and communities,” she said. In these turbulent times, an informed vote really does mean something. … Your vote counts.”
The Senate District 51 forum for Burnsville and Eagan legislative candidates was a standing-room only event at Rasmussen College.
“We hope that voters will understand which candidate most specifically will represent their interests,” Batulis said.