The candidates for governor will face off for the first time in a debate next month in Rochester.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican candidate Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet are all expected to participate in the debate at 7 p.m. on Oct 1. in Presentation Hall at the Mayo Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Post-Bulletin and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Post-Bulletin's Managing Editor Jay Furst will moderate the debate.
Dayton and Johnson have agreed to five debates. Others include a debate on Oct. 8 in Moorhead, one on Oct. 14 in Duluth, one in St. Paul on Oct. 19 and one on Oct. 31 on Twin Cities Public Television's public affairs show "Almanac."
Dayton had said he was willing to do six debates, but Johnson's campaign decided against doing one sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio the Sunday before the election. The campaign rejected the debate because Dayton would not agree to a proposed seventh debate on KSTP-TV, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
The Rochester debate is free and open to the public. It expected to air on Minnesota public TV stations throughout the state.