5 debates in 3 weeks for Minneapolis mayoral candidates

The candidates for mayor of Minneapolis will be seeing a lot of each other over the next three weeks. They have five debates scheduled before Minneapolis DFLers try to decide which of them to endorse on June 15. Because of the proximity to the party’s convention, most of the forums include only the DFL candidates.

The five leading DFL candidates for Minneapolis mayor debated for the first time in March. (MPR File Photo/Jennifer Simonson)

from left to right: Mark Andrew, Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff, Jackie Cherryhomes and Don Samuels

May 29 (tonight) — 7:30 p.m.

All God’s Children Church

Sponsored by Stonewall DFL, the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender caucus for the DFL Party


May 31 — 6 p.m.

Safari Restaurant and Event Center

Sponsored by the DFL Somali Caucus


June 6 — 6 p.m.

Sabathani Community Center

A forum focused on addressing “racial inequities” in the city


June 11 — noon

Minnesota Public Radio — 91.1 FM, online at mprnews.org

A live radio debate with the leading DFL candidates


June 12 — TBA

The Minneapolis Downtown Council is planning a debate, exact time and location TBA.

UPDATE: The Minneapolis Downtown Council had been planning a debate for June 12, but rescheduled it for July 9. The 6:30 p.m. event will be held at the New Century Theater.

  • jmb

    I hope you are including candidate Jim Thomas in the debate on June 11. Given the importance of public education and the growth of the “reform” movement that could have severe consequences for public education, Jim’s perspective needs to be heard.

  • Bill Towne

    I’d like to see Jim Thomas included in the debate as well.

  • smj71

    jmb is right. The views of candidate Jim Thomas need to be included.

  • Joe Sayles

    Jim Thomas will bring a much needed fresh perspective in a field of seasoned and practiced DFL insider politicians.

  • Curtis Gilbert

    Jim Thomas has been invited and is confirmed, according to the folks at MPR organizing the debate.

  • Marjaan Sirdar

    The One MPLS Mayoral Forum, June 6th, 6pm, will be the biggest forum to date. There will be hundreds of folks coming to Sabathani Community Center to join the discussion on how we can make Mpls a more equitable city for everyone.