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St. Paul mayoral challenger wants seven debates; Mayor Coleman doesn’t

Eva Ng, who came in second in Tuesday’s primary for St. Paul mayor, has challenged incumbent Chris Coleman to seven debates, one in each of the city’s wards.
No thanks, said Coleman’s people.

Eva Ng, who came in second in Tuesday’s primary for St. Paul mayor, has challenged incumbent Chris Coleman to seven debates, one in each of the city’s wards.

No thanks, said Coleman’s people. The mayor won the primary with more than 65 percent of the vote.

Said the Pioneer Press:

Coleman campaign manager John Stiles called the GOP-endorsed Ng’s move a “stunt right out of Republican (Gov.) Tim Pawlenty’s playbook” and said Coleman, a Democrat, wasn’t interested in the series of debates until Ng proposed “substantive policies.”

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The two have already agreed to debate Oct. 6 in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Coleman is considering a run for governor next year, and Ng repeated her previous challenge of Coleman to sign a pledge to serve out the entire four-year mayoral term if he beats her in November’s general election. Coleman has declined to sign the pledge.