Announcing the Hennepin County 3rd District Commissioner Candidate Forum

3rd-district-hennepin-coSeveral 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, 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! is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

8 Responses to Announcing the Hennepin County 3rd District Commissioner Candidate Forum

  1. Andrew Degerstrom
    Andrew Degerstrom February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Having been in that room before, I don’t think it will be large enough.

    • Scott Shaffer
      Scott Shaffer February 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

      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.

    • Phil February 27, 2014 at 12:08 am #

      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.

  2. Andrew Degerstrom
    Andrew Degerstrom February 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    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?

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke February 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm #


      • Janne February 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

        Which 3?

  3. Matt Brillhart February 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    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.

    • David Levinson
      David Levinson February 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      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.

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