Goodhue County United Veterans is sponsoring a candidate meet and greet on Monday, but don't say it's a debate. Heidi Krause with the Goodhue County Veterans Service Office said they were surprised to hear that the event was being reported by some media as a gubernatorial debate. Far from the case. Rather, it is a chance for county, state and federal candidates to introduce themselves to voters and answer a couple of question.
The meet and greet will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Cannon Falls VFW/American Legion. So far, only DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton has said he will attend. The group has not heard back yet from Republican Tom Emmer and IP candidate Tom Horner.
2nd District Republican Rep. John Kline has said he will not attend. His DFL challenger Shelley Madore is planning to be there. Other candidates who have confirmed they will be there are: DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and GOP rival Dan Severson; Senate District 28 DFL candidate Joe Fricke and GOP candidate John Howe; House District 28A DFL candidate Jerry Roth and GOP Rep. Tim Kelly; House District 28B DFL candidate Mark Schneider and GOP Rep. Steve Drazkowski. Senate District 36 DFL candidate Steve Quist; and House District 36B DFL candidate Sigrid Iverson.