MANKATO — Republican congressional candidates Mike Parry and Allen Quist will face off one week before the Aug. 14 primary election, sharing the stage at FarmFest with Democratic Congressman Tim Walz who will face the Quist-Parry primary election winner on Nov. 6.
Considering the increasingly heated nature of the Republican primary race between the Waseca state senator and the former state representative from St. Peter, the congressional forum might be the highlight of the agricultural festival’s political offerings. But there will also be an opportunity for attendees to compare Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Collin Peterson to their general election opponents.
Walz, Parry and Quist won’t have the stage to themselves at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7 because all of the congressional candidates will participate in the same forum. That includes Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, who is the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and Peterson’s Republican challenger — Lee Byberg.
Republican Congressman John Kline is not planning to attend but his Democratic opponent — Mike Obermueller — is also scheduled to be on the stage.
The Senate race forum at 10:30 a.m. the following day will feature Klobuchar, Republican challenger Kurt Bills and Independence Party candidate Glen Menze.