Lisa Jacobson, one of two candidates in the Brooklyn Park mayoral race, said Tuesday she will not be participating in the candidates’ forum slated for August 3, one week before the special election.
The forum, organized by Hmong TV, Insight News and Mshale, will be held at CCX Studios and streamed live on the Facebook pages of the three respective media houses. Al McFarlane, the editor-in-chief at Insight News will be the moderator.
Jacobson cited unfavorable coverage by Mshale towards her candidacy as her reason for refusing to participate. She previously accused Mshale of practicing what she called “bad journalism” in its coverage of the race.
More than 55 percent of the residents of Brooklyn Park are people of color, according to the U. S. Census Bureau.
This will be the second time since she entered the race that she is opting out of a forum organized by media owned and operated by people of color. She was one of two candidates that declined to participate in a primary candidates’ forum on March 23 that was hosted by Mshale and Beyond Media Solutions.
Jacobson came in second in the April 13 special primary election, booking herself a ticket to the August 10 special election as one of the two top vote getters behind the DFL endorsed Hollies Winston.
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan made a rare visit to Brooklyn Park on Saturday to campaign for Winston during a fundraiser at the home of a local Democratic volunteer Jerry Gale.
The three media houses have confirmed the forum will proceed and will only feature Winston following the Jacobson decline.
How to watch
What: Brooklyn Park Mayoral Forum featuring Candidate Hollies Winston
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