Candidate Forum

On Sunday, March 25, the candidates vying for the 8th U.S. Congressional District seat came together at St. Scholastica in Duluth. Rick Nolan is not seeking re-election in 2018 and the field of candidates who want to represent Northern Minnesota in Washington DC has been growing. Today we hear from:

DFL Candidates

Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, mayor of North Branch

Michelle Lee, former Duluth news anchor

Jason Metsa, Minnesota state representative for District 6B

Leah Phifer, former FBI analyst from Two Harbors

Duluth City Clerk

Between figuring out what the candidates stand for ... and then figuring out where you're supposed to stand (in line to vote),  election time can be stressful.

©Lisa Johnson

The Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate forums last fall gave folks running for mayor and the city council a chance to address issues surrounding homelessness, poverty and equity in Duluth.

Last week, they followed up those candidate forums with an Accountability Session: Local Solutions to Poverty Forum, a chance to check in with the newly-elected officials and see what progress they're making on the action steps they agreed to last year.

For the third time, the organizers of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum turned the tables on the the folks running for office.  The candidates were given the questions a week in advance, but the actual questions were presented - along with personal stories - by seven different community members affected by poverty, homelessness or racism in the community.  And even with the questions delivered in advance, what they learned took the candidates by surprise.