ROCHESTER, Minn.- The general election is in a few weeks away and in the last few months there has been a lot of debates in Southeast Minnesota. Today there was another was held in Rochester.
This time focusing on diverse and underrepresented communities.
The Rochester Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Rochester NAACP), Alliance for Chicanos, Hispanics, and Latino Americans (ACHLA), Council on Minnesotans of African Heritage, Diversity Council, Rochester Muslim Community Circle (RMCC), and Health CORE hosted the Community Peoples’ Forum – Our Voices, Our Votes.
Some topics covered were protecting minority communities and building better relationships between police.
The moderator spoke to mayoral candidates Kim Norton and Charlie O’Connell.
One topic, what mayoral candidates will do to keep the Muslim community safe.
“Government alliance for race and equity and they have a whole program that allows you to train your staff to what it means to write policy with a racial justice lens.Steve Rymer unbeknownst is one of the county incentives that I wanted to have as mayor and he moves here and he starts it,” said Norton.
“When you start to talk to your neighbors no matter how they're dressed, no matter how they choose to worship that's how we grow as a community and that's how we make sure that we are supporting that community of being inclusive,” said O’Connell.
US House candidate for Minnesota district one Dan Feehan was also there to not only talk about the importance of voting but also how he will protect miniority community members.