Tue Oct 28, 2014
League of Women Voters Minnesota Only Debate for Secretary of State Candidates
Hoversten Chapel on the campus of Augsburg College (http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/#directions)
2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454
St. Paul—The four candidates for Minnesota Secretary of State will make their only joint campaign appearance on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the League of Women Voters Minnesota candidate forum. The forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Candidates Bob Helland (I), Bob Odden (L), Dan Severson (R) and Steve Simon (DFL) all have indicated they will participate in the LWV forum. They will face off on questions submitted by voters and the five nonpartisan organizations who are co-sponsoring the forum. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and parking will be available in some Augsburg lots as well as local parking ramps.
Susan Sheridan Tucker, LWV Minnesota Executive Director, cited the critical role the Secretary of State plays in explaining why LWV Minnesota chose to host this forum, “As Minnesota’s Chief Elections Officer, the Secretary of State is charged with implementing our voting system and ensuring the integrity and sanctity of every ballot and every voter registration. Voting rights are at the heart of our democratic system and that’s why the League of Women Voters chose to shine a spotlight on a less-publicized race.”
“The Secretary of State also plays a vital role in our business community,” noted Stacy Doepner-Hove, LWV Minnesota President. “This office is the official recorder of all business and financing documents that every business relies on statewide. Having a centralized, efficient and accessible system for Minnesota’s half-million businesses is critical to a healthy economic climate. This race is vital to individuals and businesses alike.”
Tucker continued, “Minnesota voters demonstrated in 2012 how much they care about protecting voting rights for all citizens. Those same voters should be watching this candidate forum before choosing our next Secretary of State because their choice will affect when, where and how we register and vote in the years ahead.”
Attending the Candidate Forum
Doors to Hoversten Chapel in the Foss Center at Augsburg College (2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis) open at 6:15 p.m. Street parking is available around Murphy Square and along Butler Place as well as in the University of Minnesota parking ramp nearby. Given the limited parking, attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation at their convenience. The event is free and open to the public however seating is limited.
Preregistration to guarantee a seat is available online at http://tinyurl.com/kgcomsw.
Online Streaming & YouTube
Voters can watch the forum live via The Uptake at theuptake.org by choosing their video option. The forum will also be available for playback on YouTube after the forum. For quick access to the YouTube video, visit lwvmn.org and click on the link on the Home Page.
Questions for the Candidates
Voters attending the forum have two opportunities to submit questions to the candidates. Questions may be submitted in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted until noon on Monday, October 27. By League of Women Voters Minnesota policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential. Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the event.