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Women’s issues forum for governor candidates on Wednesday

Candidates for governor will discuss issues affecting women at a Wednesday forum in Minneapolis.
So far, four candidates — DFLers Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, and Matt Entenza, and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner — have confirme

Candidates for governor will discuss issues affecting women at a Wednesday forum in Minneapolis.

So far, four candidates — DFLers Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, and Matt Entenza, and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner — have confirmed they will attend the forum, put on by the YWCA of Minneapolis and Minnesota Women Lawyers.

“We know that the economic downturn affects everyone, but it does not affect everyone the same,” says Kelly Francis, Minnesota Women Lawyers Public Policy Co-Chair. “Working women continue to face pay discrimination, disproportionately shoulder the burden of child care and care for elderly parents, and disproportionately suffer from domestic violence, which can have long-term financial implications. Especially during this economic recession, women need assurance from their elected officials that these issues will be given the consideration they deserve as policy decisions are made.”

The forum runs Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YWCA of Minneapolis, 1130 Nicollet Mall.

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Moderator will be Keesha Gaskins, executive director of the Minnesota League of Women Voters.