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Swanson withdraws from candidates’ forum

MANKATO, Minn. — Attorney General Lori Swanson has dropped out of a Minnesota governor candidate forum planned for Thursday night, July 26.

Swanson's office told Forum News Service that she needs to be in Milwaukee Friday morning with meet with a surgeon after one of her 87-year-old mother's lung collapsed.

Her absence leaves state Rep. Erin Murphy and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates at the Mankato forum. Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson will be the only Republican candidate after former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign said he has a schedule conflict.

All five major governor candidates are expected at an Aug. 8 forum at Farmest, near Redwood Falls.

Thursday night's Mankato forum, sponsored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and Mankato organizations, will be livestreamed by the city's cable television access organization at

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.