Several candidates are running for the open seat on Hennepin County’s Board of Commissioners, and we want voters to be clear on where the candidates stand. In partnership with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, streets.mn is presenting a nonpartisan forum for commissioner candidates to share their views on the future of transportation in our city.
The forum will take place in the meeting room of the Linden Hills Park at 3100 W 43rd St in Minneapolis. It will go from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, March 6.
What do we do about Southwest LRT? What should Hennepin County’s bike plan look like? What obstacles and opportunities intersect the issue of transportation? Hennepin County’s third district includes Downtown Minneapolis, South Minneapolis west of Interstate 35W, and St. Louis Park. We hope the event allows the candidates an opportunity to share their plans to make the area more a sustainable and equitable community.
The forum will be moderated by Paula Pentel, coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. RSVP on Facebook — and invite your friends!
Having been in that room before, I don’t think it will be large enough.
People are generally less interested in special elections, and the electorate is smaller than it was in the mayoral election, so we thought a smaller venue would suit this forum. Only 25 people have RSVP’d on Facebook so far. But we’d be happy to be proven wrong! Invite your friends! Let’s pack the place.
Hmm, the room always felt pretty spacious to me. There’s a partition wall that can be collapsed to combine it with the adjacent room. But maybe I just think it’s big because most of my memories of the space were made before I hit 4 feet.
Well if the attendance is comparable to the LWV forum several weeks ago, then I fear the room will be too small. That room is where I used to vote when I lived in Linden Hills. Also, attended LHiNC meetings there. Hopefully everything will run smoothly, though. How many RSVPs from candidates are there?
No one has ever complained because a room was too large… people get pretty irate when the opposite is true. I’d go with Andrew’s gut on this, unless we’re purposely under promoting the event.
50 people in a room designed for 40 looks like the event was a success. 50 people in a room designed for 200 looks like a failure. We got about 200 for the Mayoral Forum.