The special election to fill Terry Morrow's seat in House District 19A is Tuesday, February 12. The taxpayers won't be entirely on the hook for the cost of the election since Morrow has cleared to donate re-election funds to the counties in the district.
About $11,000--a fraction of the estimated $70,000 the primary and special elections will cost county and township governments--remains in Morrow's campaign treasury.
Dayton, Walz, Clark Johnson GOTV rally Monday
Baring blocked roads and blizzard conditions, Governor Mark Dayton and Congressman Tim Walz will stump for DFL endorsee Clark Johnson at Gustavus Adolphus College's Alumni Hall in St. Peter on Monday, February 11 at 5 p.m., the St Peter Herald reports in Rally for Clark Johnson to be held at Gustavus.
New Ulm Journal: Forums and fundraising
The candidates have met in one public forum and one two-day radio debate. Josh Moniz covers the wide-range of questions at the former in 19A candidates offer diverse, divided views. Go check it out at the New Ulm Journal.
The Journal also checked out the campaign money chase in 19A fundraising reports show divergent campaign emphasis. Johnson and Quist are nearly evenly matched in the dollar game but are spending their cash in much different ways. Read how in the Journal.
Since Moniz turned in that report, Clark Johnson's committee has taken in $2000 more in large donations, all from terminating DFL committees; the old SD 23 DFL and Linda Pfeilsticker's 2008 state house campaign each gave $500 and former DFL rival Karl Johnson's committee ccontributed $1000. SEIU's MN state council endorsed Johnson today, so it's possible an addition contribution will be posted.
None of the other candidates report new large contributions.
Mankato Free Press: candidate profiles
Beginning with IP candidate Tim Gieseke on Thursday, the Mankato Free Press is profiling each candidate. Political reporter Mark Fischenich talked with the IP candidate in Gieseke offers new approach to governing in run for House seat.
Today's profile is Clark Johnson wants to focus on fixing budget if elected to House seat. Johnson seems to be winning the letter-to-the-editor war in the Free Press's op-ed section online.
Update: Saturday's profile of the Republican contender, Quist stresses legislative experience as a plus in run for seat, is now online.
Fischenich offers another look at Tuesday night's candidate forum in District 19A candidates go before the voters.
Local television station KEYC-12 covered the debate as well:
Photo: Clark Johnson and supporters.
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