Candidates on a stick

There are two upcoming opportunities to learn more about Minneapolis mayoral candidates while enjoying a side of cheese curds or some Sweet Martha’s cookies.

Larry Jacobs, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will be moderating a candidate debate at the State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2–3 p.m. The event will be held on the stage outside the University of Minnesota’s State Fair buildilng. 

And then on Monday, Aug. 26, MPR will be hosting another debate from noon to 2 p.m. Retired MPR host Gary Eichten will be moderating the forum.

The debates are among more than a dozen mayoral candidate debates planned in the next several weeks. A handful of candidates have emerged as a serious contenders out of a field of 35 who have filed to be on the ballot Election Day.

Volunteers with FairVote Minnesota, supporters of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), will also be at the fair to talk about the voting process. Minneapolis and St. Paul will be using the voting method for city elections in November for the second time.

The voting method has been used all over the world, including Australia and Ireland.

In the upcoming Minneapolis election, voters will get to rank up to three candidates for office. If a candidate gets a majority of votes, he or she wins. If no candidate gets a majority of votes then the candidate with the least amount of votes is eliminated and his or her ballots are redistributed to account for second choices. The process continues until one candidate has a majority of votes.