At Issue: Sept. 17 - Debates Held for DFL Candidates for Governor, Minneapolis Mayor

September 17, 2017 10:44 PM

DFL Candidates for Governor Meet for First Debate, Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Some interesting issues arose during the first debate among the DFL candidates for governor. The debate was sponsored by the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce. Five of the six DFL candidates took part in the debate - Chris Coleman, Tina Liebling, Erin Murphy, Paul Thisssen and Tim Walz. Rebecca Otto was the only candidate to not take part.


All five candidates said they would be in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. Marijuana for medicinal purposes has been legal in Minnesota for a few years now. The candidates said at the forum it's time to take the next step. 

All five DFL candidates said they would also be in favor of raising the gas tax to pay for transportation projects. 

Downtown Crime, Public Safety a Hot Topic in Minneapolis Mayoral Forum

The race for mayor in Minneapolis will be one of the most closely watched contests this election season. On Thursday, the Downtown Council and several Minneapolis-based business groups hosted a forum with six leading candidates - Betsy Hodges, Jacob Frey, Raymond Dehn, Tom Hoch, Nekima Levy-Pounds and Aswar Rahman.

The candidates were asked what they would do, as mayor, about a spike in violence in downtown Minneapolis. This summer, one person was killed and 18 people have been wounded by gunfire downtown. Hodges, who is running for re-election, boosted public safety spending in her latest budget proposal, but some of her opponents say the move is not enough. 

The candidates were also asked whether they were concerned the city's new $15/hour minimum wage may drive business from Minneapolis. All the candidates also agreed the city should pursue a bid to bring the Amazon headquarters to the city. However, most said it shouldn't be done at the expense of many companies already headquartered in Minneapolis and the surrounding Twin Cities, like Target and Best Buy. 


Amanda Theisen

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