(Rochester, MN)— Rochester Community and Technical College’s Student Government and KTTC Television are teaming up to present a Rochester mayoral candidate debate on Tuesday, July 24th at 5:30PM in the RCTC Heintz Center Commons.  The 60-mintute debate will be moderated by KTTC news anchor Tom Overlie.


While not specifically designated as an education-focused debate, RCTC student leaders want candidates to share their views on important issues concerning students including housing and transportation.  RCTC Student President Drew Brinker and Mental Health Awareness Club President Prakash Peethambaram are spearheading this event.  “We are organizing this debate to provide an opportunity for younger voters to make their voices heard and learn about the candidates. We hope that this will encourage younger people to cast ballots and participate in government.”


There are currently seven candidates vying for the city’s top elected position including BW (Brent) Coggins, Jordan James Glynn, Spencer Goetzman, Regina Mustafa, Kim Norton, Charlie O’Connell, and George Rownd.  Current Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede is retiring after serving more than 15 years in office.


Due to parking lot construction on the west side of the Heintz Center, all visitors must use the East Lot and enter through door H8 (Workforce Center entrance).  The RCTC Heintz Center is located at 1926 College View Road.    





About Rochester Community and Technical College

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 7,500 students a year in credit courses and nearly 4,000 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.


RCTC is a member of Minnesota State—a higher education system that includes 30 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.