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DFL governor hopefuls to answer questions

The Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) in the counties of central and west central Minnesota are sponsoring a DFL Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Saturday, January 9 at 1 p.m. at the Alexandria Technical College Auditorium, South Auditorium, Room 743.

During the forum, the candidates will answer questions in order to introduce themselves, identify their positions on current issues, and present their leadership insights and abilities.

A time to meet and talk with individual candidates will follow.

This event is timely, say local DFL leaders, because it provides information for caucus-goers to use in the non-binding preference vote for the Democratic governor candidate at the statewide DFL caucuses, which will be held Tuesday, February 2.

There are 10 candidates vying for the DFL endorsement, including State Senator Tom Bakk, former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton, former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, former State Senator Steve Kelley, State Senator John Marty, State Representative Tom Rukavina, Mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak, and State Representative Paul Thissen.

2010 will be an important election, according to local DFL leaders.

This January 9 forum is open to all - an opportunity to get to know the candidates, learn more about the issues and participate in the process of choosing a candidate.