Three of the six Republican gubernatorial candidates will be in Rochester on Thursday for a tea party-sponsored forum.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, state Sen. Dave Thompson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert have all said they plan to attend the Rochester Tea Party Patriot's forum. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave. S.E. in Rochester.
Orono businessman Scott Honour has not yet decided whether he will attend, according to forum organizer Cindy Maves. Hibbing teacher Rob Farnsworth and state Rep. Kurt Zellers both said they would be unable to attend. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was also invited to attend but did not respond.
The three participating Republicans were also the top finishers in the non-binding straw poll conducted at the Republican precinct caucuses earlier this month. Seifert claimed the top spot with 29 percent of the vote. Thompson came in a close second with 26 percent and Johnson received 17 percent.
This marks the third forum sponsored by the Rochester Tea Party Patriots so far this election season. They previously sponsored a forum featuring Republicans running for the First Congressional District and one with candidates for U.S. Senate.