The Minnesota House District 19A special election in Nicollet County, Kasota and parts of Mankato will indeed be a three-party contest. KEYC-TV reports that delegates endorsed Tim Gieseke:
When Tim Gieseke found out about Representative Terry Morrow's resignation, the first thing he did was call the Independence Party. With unanimous approval, he's now running to represent District 19A under the Independence party. Gieseke says, "Change is the game on how the people feel public policy is written and I can bring that up there."
Read about Gieseke's positions at KEYC-TV. The CD1 party chair believes the biggest challenge for Gieseke and the IP will be turnout:
Independence Party Chair Mark Meyer says the party's number one hurdle for this election is voter turnout. Meyer says, "We know based on our research that people are ready and want change, but the only way to make that change happen is to care enough to go and vote."
Readers may recognize former Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial School Board member Meyer from the 2008 contest for the Republican endorsement to run against Congressman Tim Walz. Meyer jumped in the race in January, 2007, but garnered little support.
Frustrated with the Republican Party, Meyer challenged state representative Tony Cornish in 2010. Meyer received 14.66 percent of the vote to Cornish's 62.93 percent, leaving the DFL contender with 22.35 percent, in a district that leaned Republican. In the 2008 DFL wave year, Cornish had won the seat with a 494 vote margin. 2010 was good to Republicans.
Will Gieseke's entry make a difference in the 19A special election? Will he draw disaffected Republicans more moderate than Quist? Swing voters? Democrats? Stay tuned.
Photo: Tim Gieseke.
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