The 2010 governor's race is already in full swing, with gubernatorial candidate Steve Kelley visiting Rochester today. But forget the traditional campaign rally. The former DFL state senator is hosting a discussion on the justice system featuring poetry, music and theatrical performances.
Kelley hosted a similar event a few weeks ago in Lakeville. He will be taking the show on the road next month to Bemidji.
Guests include former Hennepin County District Judge Myron Greenberg and Laura Bloomberg with the Center for School Change at the U of M's Humphrey Institute. Entertainment includes Twin Cities Actors performing scenes from "The Merchant of Venice," poet Dobby Gibson and the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras.
Kelley is one of several Democrats who have already tossed their hats in the political ring. Others filing for governor include former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, Rep. Paul Thissen, Sen. John Marty, Sen. Tom Bakk and former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton.
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty still has not announced whether he will run for re-election. But a recent Star Tribune story said he would have a "narrow advantage" in the race.
The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Dr. S.E. The event is free, although guests are asked to bring an item to donate to a local food shelf.