Margaret Anderson Kelliher Proposes Debate Series In Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District Democratic Contest

Former Minnesota Speaker of the House and Tech Leader Wants To Allow 5th CD Residents to Meet the Candidates, Hear the Issues

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 12, 2018) Fifth Congressional District Candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher today proposed a series of debates across the district to bring Democratic candidates, their platforms, and their passions directly to the people of the District. Citing the quickly called Democratic special endorsing convention and the need for voters to hear from the candidates, Anderson Kelliher asked the other Democratic candidates to join her for debates.

“Today, I am proposing a series of at least four debates between the candidates to be held between today and August 14,” Anderson Kelliher said. “This weekend’s convention was quickly called and called after many people had made plans, including celebrating Father’s Day with family. In the best interests of the voters of our district, the voters deserve to have their questions answered and determine who has the experience and vision to be the progressive voice to lead us forward.”

Anderson Kelliher is calling on civic, non-political groups, such as the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, to moderate the debate series and ensure topics important to voters are included. Her website will include an area for Fifth Congressional District residents to provide input on issues and topics to be included in the primary and general election debates.

“Voters deserve to hear what the candidates will do about affordable housing, health care, transportation, education, jobs, immigration, and gun violence prevention to keep our kids and communities safe,” Anderson Kelliher said. “And importantly they need to know who is the best able to stand up to President Trump and stand for our progressive values.”

Since filing for office, Anderson Kelliher has started a vigorous voter outreach effort, making calls, attending events, and meeting with a variety of voters.

“As I’ve rolled up my sleeves and gotten to work in earnest talking to voters, they are telling me they want to hear more from the candidates and see where they stand,” Anderson Kelliher said. “Our democracy and our country is better when people can make an informed choice and I believe debates will serve our district and its voters the best.”