Republicans in CD5 to square off at forum

Three of the Republicans looking to challenge DFL Rep. Keith Ellison are scheduled to meet at a forum on Tuesday. Chris Fields, Michael Katch and Lynne Torgerson are scheduled to attend. The debate, which is moderated by radio host Bob Davis, will be held on Nov. 29 at 7:30pm 7pm at the James Ballentine VFW in Minneapolis. The forum is sponsored by the Senate District 60 Republicans.

“We are delighted to invite these candidates together to have a friendly discussion before the residents of CD 5,” Mark Johnson, SD 60 GOP Chair, said in a statement. “These days people wonder whether our elected officials are working for Washington or working for us. We believe the Republicans of this district can offer a better alternative to what we’ve been getting, and this debate will help us decide what that alternative will be.”

Whoever wins the GOP nomination will have some work to do. Ellison won 67 percent of the vote in 2010. He represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which includes the heavily Democratic city of Minneapolis.

There’s more info about the forum here.