Third CD candidates debate economy at labor-sponsored forum


With the economy taking center stage in the U.S. presidential campaigns, candidates for the DFL endorsement for Third District Congress met to debate economic issues at a forum hosted by the Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council.

The Jan. 31 forum at Plymouth Creek Center featured the three candidates seeking DFL endorsement for the Third District seat in Congress: State Senator Terri Bonoff; Edina Mayor James B. Hovland; and attorney Ashwin Madia, who also is an Iraq War veteran.

“The event was a great success, with 178 union members and DFLers gathered to hear the candidates debate economic and labor issues,” reported Anna Brelje, CLUC political director.

“Nine union members from the district were nominated by their unions to address the candidates and ask a question on issues ranging from the Employee Free Choice Act to health care, trade, unemployment, and immigration,” said Brelje. “All three candidates publicly signed an EFCA statement of support during the event.”