ROCHESTER, Minn. – In about a month, voters in Rochester will have to decide who they want to see represent them on the Rochester City Council. Wards 2, 4, and 6, as well as the City Council President (At Large) will be on the ballots.
On Thursday, four local organizations hosted a candidate forum for the council candidates and those running for school board seats.
The Rochester NAACP, Rochester for Justice, Rochester Muslim Community Circle and the First Unitarian Universalist Church hosted the forum and collectively came up with questions that aren’t typically brought up at these kinds of forums. They wanted voters to know where each of the candidates stood on complex issues like race, gun violence, drug abuse, and they were even asked about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kamau Wilkins with Rochester for Justice says while it’s important people get out and vote in these local elections, it’s even more important that they are informed voters.
“Without exactly knowing where your candidates stand on a myriad of issues, it becomes really difficult to decipher who’s the best choice,” Wilkins explains.