Roseville Patch to Host State House 66A , County District 2 Debate Thursday

Forum will feature three candidates vying for the House district, which covers most of Roseville. Also on the program are the two candidates for Ramsey County District 2.

Roseville Patch on Thursday (Nov. 1) will host a debate between Republican Mark Fotsch, DFLer Alice Hausman and Independence Party candidate Dave Thomas for Minnesota State House District 66A.

The forum is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Salon D meeting room at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 Cleveland Ave. N.

Roseville Patch will serve as the debate moderator. CTV North Suburbs has also agreed to be present to record the debate.

We have set aside 60 minutes for the House debate.

We also expect Ramsey County District 2 candidates Sue Jeffers and Mary Jo McGuire to be the forum to talk about the issues in their race. That discussion will start at 8 p.m and go until 8:45 p.m. 

We will be drawing up a list of questions. If you have questions that you would like to ask the candidates, please submit them in the comments below and indicate whether they are for the House or  County Board race.

Time permitting, we will open up the concluding part of each forum to questions from the audience.

This will be the only forum showcasing all three of the the District 66A  candidates. Fotsch recently declined to participate in any League of Women Voters' forums, contending the group is no longer non-partisan because it is urging voters to cast a "no' ballot on the proposed Marriage and Voter ID constitutitional amendments. (To see the full report on that dispute, click on this link on Roseville Patch.)

League leaders disagree with Fotsch's characterization of their group's stand on the proposed constitutional amendments. Nevertheless, the fact remains that Fotsch's decision not to participate in any League-sponsored debates would leave no scheduled forums involving the attendance of both major party candidates. 

As a result, I decided to step forward and host a debate that would give voters a chance to see Fotsch discuss the issues with Hausman and Thomas.

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Sara Barsel October 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I am glad that the Patch will host a debate between candidates for MN House district 66A. I hope that all three candidates, Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL), Republican candidate Mark Fotsch and Independence candidate Dave Thomas participate in this debate. This will provide a second chance for voters to hear Rep. Hausman and candidate Thomas debate, as they are participating in the League of Women Voters debate on Oct. 25.
Sara Barsel October 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I particularly hope that Ramsey County Commissioner candidates Sue Jeffers and Mary Jo McGuire participate in this Patch debate. These candidates have radically different views on several issues that impact voters and an aging population. It is important to hear and contrast their positions. Goals of the Ramsey County commission include * promotion of multi-modal transit and transportation solutions * crime prevention and promotion of public safety * response to demographic changes within Ramsey county (aging, ethnic, racial) * improve quality of life within the county, including access to food (including meals-on-wheels), shelter, health (disease and health issues, hazardous waste disposal, flu shots) * management of natural resources A complete list of the goals are available on http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/cb/mission.htm
Luke October 28, 2012 at 04:27 AM
How are the questions being selected? Is there anyway for the audience to ask questions or at least allow online submissions that can be narrowed down to a few major topics?
Scott Carlson October 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Luke, if you have any questions, please leave them on this comment stream. And if you can make it to the debate, please come. We'd love to have you and your friends and neighbors come.


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