Knecht Proposes Joint Town Hall Meetings with Rep. Kotyza-Witthuhn
Public meetings would provide voters unique opportunity to compare candidates
Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Thomas Knecht, candidate for State Representative in House District 49B, yesterday proposed that he and his DFL opponent, Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, meet voters together in a series of joint town hall meetings.
“I have asked Carlie to join me at three town hall meetings where we would interact with voters, respond to questions, and discuss the most pressing issues facing Eden Prairie residents. The joint town hall meetings will allow us to share our respective visions for Minnesota, respond to voter concerns, and restore civility to the political process,” Knecht said.
Knecht’s proposal would differ from more structured candidate forums or debates. He offered three 90-minute town hall meetings in Eden Prairie locations to be determined by the campaigns. The candidates would instead each have 10 uninterrupted minutes to lay out their respective platforms before taking questions directly from those in attendance for 60 minutes. Then, the candidates would each have 5 minutes for a brief closing statement. The town hall meetings could be held with or without a mutually agreed upon moderator.
“My proposal to hold three joint town hall meetings would permit us to directly interact with voters and provide a much broader exchange of ideas over an extended period than other formats,” Knecht stated.
“While Carlie and I disagree on many policy issues, it is my hope we can agree on the joint town hall meetings to provide voters more opportunities to ask us questions on issue positions and the challenges facing Minnesota,” stated Knecht. “I look forward to receiving a positive response to this proposal. Together, Carlie and I can chart a new course – away from typical attack ads and campaign vitriol, and towards decency, civility, and reasoned deliberation,” Knecht concluded.