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, including Mark Andrew, Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff, Jackie Cherryhomes and Don Samuels, left to right, debate Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Hodges, Schiff and Samuels are current city council members. Cherryhomes is a former city council president, and Andrew is a former Hennepin County Board chair. (MPR 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.