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Hundreds of voters gather for gubernatorial candidate forum in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

The race for Minnesota's next governor is a crowded one at the moment.

That's why Thursday's event at Peace United Church of Christ was helpful for voters to whittle down their choices.

"We want to know as much as we can about the different candidates, not just the big things, the little things," Marian Aanerud, with CURE, said. "We want to make sure we make a good choice."

Four DFL candidates and two Republicans took to the stage to discuss topics from the environment, affordable housing, immigration, and the pull of Mayo Clinic.

For those in attendance, the diverse discussion was informative.

"I thought it was really good to hear from both sides because we kind of live in a bit of an echo chamber in this country," Max Gort, a voter in attendance, said.

However the Republican voice was not as loud at the forum, and voters noticed.

"Often times, Republicans shy away from debate when it comes to across the party lines and I don't know why they do that," Laurie Sell, another voter in attendance, said.

Over all, voters tell us it was an effective evening.

"It has given me a better feel for who I'm interested in as a candidate," Bill Helgerson, another voter, said.

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