Rochester City Council President Randy Staver and Sean Allen, a businessman and neighborhood activist who's challenging Staver for that job, will debate local issues in a Post-Bulletin Dialogue next Wednesday at the Rochester Art Center.
Staver and Allen will join Post-Bulletin Managing Editor Jay Furst for a moderated conversation about key issues facing Rochester in the Destination Medical Center era and what the candidates would do about them. Furst will invite advance input and questions from the public to lead the conversation, and the final 30 minutes of the 90-minute session will be direct Q & A with audience members.
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE. Dialogue meetings are typically held at the Rochester Public Library, but this one is expected to draw a larger audience. The event will be videotaped by the library staff for posting at www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org.
Staver, 59, has been council president since May 2013, when he won a special election to complete the term of Dennis Hanson, who died in June 2012. Staver was first elected to the council in November 2010 from the 5th Ward. He's a Rochester native, a 1975 graduate of Mayo High School and is a unit head in information technology at Mayo Clinic, where he has worked since 1980.
Allen, 45, is co-owner of Forager Brewery and Kutzky Market in Rochester and also is a partner in a real estate consulting business, Midwest Landing. He was executive director of the Rochester Area Foundation's First Homes affordable housing initiative from 2001 to 2012. He's a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield and was chairman of the Northfield Planning Commission.
If you have questions or topics you want addressed at the event, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Furst Draft blog at Postbulletin.com.