Forum tonight for Ward 6 City Council candidates

Five of the six candidates vying for the 6th Ward City Council seat are set to face off tonight.

The Whittier Alliance and the Stevens Square Community Organization are sponsoring a candidate forum in the multipurpose room of Whittier International Elementary School, 315 W. 26th St. A meet-and-greet with the candidates begins at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the forum.

Scheduled to take part are Mahamed Cali, who wants to bring a Somali community voice to the City Council; Andy Exley, chairman of the state Green Party; Laura Jean, a former teacher who wants a City Hall focus on poverty; Mike Tupper, a union plumber; and incumbent Council Member Robert Lilligren. Absent will be Bruce Lundeen, a boiler engineer.

Ward 6 includes Whittier, Stevens Square and part of the Phillips neighborhoods.

Steve Brandt, a reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will moderate the forum.

For more information on each candidate, click here.