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GOP governor candidate forum at State Fair will be missing one voice

Scott Honour has a scheduling conflict for the noon Sunday event, but the other three —   Jeff Johnson, Dave Thompson and Kurt Zellers — will be on hand.

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs is sponsoring what would seem a must-attend event at the Minnesota State Fair for the four Republican candidates for governor — but it will be minus one voice.

Scott Honour has a scheduling conflict for the noon Sunday event, billed as a “Conversation with Republican Candidates for Governor.” The discussion will be moderated by Larry Jacobs, director of the U of the M political studies department.

Valentina Weis, deputy campaign manager, said that Honour will have an independent booth at the fair and that the campaign is looking for volunteers to help staff the operation.

State Rep. Kurt Zellers, state Sen. Dave Thompson, and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have confirmed they will attend the event.

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Like Honour, Johnson has a booth at the fair.  Johnson spokesman Greg Peppin says Johnson will be at the booth on Underwood Avenue on Friday and Sunday, and still-to-be-determined times the second week of the fair.

Thompson will use the Republican Senate booth as a base of operations and says he’ll be there both weekends of the fair.

Zellers’ spokesman, Noah Rouen, says the candidate will be on hand at the state Republican Party booth both Fridays of the fair.