Tuesday’s two special elections left intact the 73-61 DFL House majority that existed after the November 6 election. DFLer Clark Johnson and Republican Tama Theis won special elections in districts that their respective parties had previously held.
St. Peter Democratic Rep. Terry Morrow went unchallenged last fall in his race for House District 19A, but his sudden retirement from the seat in December enticed nearly a dozen candidates to jump into the special election to replace him.
Clark Johnson, a professor at Minnesota State University in Mankato, won the House District 19A primary race with about 66 percent of the vote, or 241 total votes. Farmer Karl Johnson came in second place with 26 percent of the vote, while St. Peter Mayor Tim Strand and educator Robin Courrier each garnered about 5 percent of the vote or less.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: January 16, 2013
Tags: Allen Quist, Clark Johnson, Jerry McCarter, Karl Johnson, Michele Bachmann, Scott MacHardy, Steve Gottwalt, Tama Theis, Terry Morrow, Tim Gieseke, Tim Strand, Tim Walz, Todd McKee
The 2013 legislative session may be in its second week, but it’s campaign season once again in two Minnesota House districts after recently re-elected lawmakers opted to take national lobbying jobs instead of returning to St. Paul.