Duluth Chamber Blocks Nicollet from Governor’s Debate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Nicollet for Governor campaign has been informed by David Ross, President & CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, that Hannah Nicollet will be excluded from the Duluth-area governor’s debate because it “would be a violation of the trust we were afforded by the Dayton and Johnson teams. It is that simple.”
Although Gov. Mark Dayton has expressed his desire to have Ms. Nicollet in all the debates, many Republican strategists believe her participation would draw fiscally conservative voters from Jeff Johnson with her policies of abolishing the state corporate tax and eliminating the influence of special interest groups. Johnson is endorsed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, whose Duluthchapter is hosting the debate, and its PACs are working on his behalf.
Nicollet, a former software developer from Roseville, is the first major party female candidate for Minnesota governor. Debate organizers said it would be breaking “precedent” to include her in the debate. However, they included the Green Party’s Skip Sandman in the Eighth Congressional debate and Independence Party candidate for governor Tom Horner four years ago.
“Of course we are disappointed, but we will continue to work on behalf of all Minnesotans who can’t afford a lobbyist to get the government they deserve,” said Nicollet, who participated in both the Rochester and Moorhead gubernatorial debates.
- Hannah Nicollet of Roseville, a former software developer, is the endorsed Independence Party Candidate for Governor. A mother of two, she is married to Mark, a veteran of the Afghanistan War. Her photo and full bio is available at hannahnicollet.com.