Minnesotans who cannot talk to governor candidates in person may suggest questions that they could answer at an Oct. 8 debate.
Forum News Service is accepting emails at firstname.lastname@example.org from people who have questions for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton or Republican challenger Jeff Johnson. They will be considered for a debate the news service is sponsoring in Moorhead.
Questions also will be accepted during the debate as news service personnel will monitor hashtag #mngov on Twitter. Also, those attending the debate may submit written questions that night.
While much of the Moorhead event will center on greater Minnesota-specific matters, broader issues also are expected to be discussed, so questions may be on any topic.
The 90-minute debate is planned at 7 p.m. in Hansen Theatre on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. It is free and open to the public.
The debate will be televised live on WDAY’Z Xtra channel in northwestern Minnesota (channel 6.3 over the air on WDAY and 8.3 on WDAZ) and streamed live on Forum Communications Co. websites statewide. Minnesota Public Radio plans to rebroadcast it at noon the following day.
The news service, part of Forum Communications, provides Upper Midwest news to company newspapers and other clients.
The Moorhead debate is open to any governor candidate with at least 10 percent support in an established independent poll. Johnson and Dayton are the only two who have reached that mark.
The debate is the second of five in the governor’s race. The first is 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rochester. It is to be broadcast live statewide on public television stations.
Also, the first of three U.S. Senate debates between Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Republican Mike McFadden is 8 a.m. Wednesday in Duluth, sponsored by the Duluth News Tribune and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. It will be live on www.duluthnewstribune.com and Duluth’s My9 television.