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Public Forum


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- It was a packed house at the Rochester Community Technical College, RCTC, as the candidates came together for a public forum on Thursday evening.

It was standing room only during Thursday's public forum involving the candidates running for Rochester's school board. With the recent tension within the district it's obvious people are doing their homework to keep informed before they make any decisions at the polls.

Moderator Lynne Eckhart says, "There's a big audience here and they're staying, they're interested in more than perhaps just the seat they're voting for."

All the candidates repeated words like, trust, leadership, and communication. Something that many claim the school district has lost in recent years. But That doesn't mean that the school system's future is bleak.

Attendee Pat Mann says, "I'm just excited that so many people are willing to do this. It's a tremendous responsibility and these are tough times."

Fifteen candidates are vying for just four seats available on the board. The atmosphere could be described as a bit tense as the audience zeroed in on every word the candidates spoke. Public forums are unique opportunities. Audience members were allowed to hand in their questions on index cards to make it more personal... another way to get people involved.

Eckhart says, "You don't have a quality of voters if they don't know anything about what's being voted on."

While many issues remain to be worked out, the candidates all agree that the school system is one of the city's most important facets.

The primary is August 10.

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