by Briana Bierschbach
Published: May 30, 2012
Tags: Aaron Brown, Anne Marcotte, Ben Golnik, Bobby Joe Champion, Bruce Ahlgren, Bruce Schwichtenberg, Carly Melin, Cindy Pugh, Connie Doepke, Dave Meyer, David Osmek, Foung Hawj, Gary Kubly, Gen Olson, Greg Clausen, ian alexander, Jason Metsa, Jerry Hertaus, Jessica Rohloff, Joe Arwood, Joe Gimse, Joe Mullery, John Harrington, John Schultz, Josh Ondich, Julianne Ortman, Kathy Busch, Keith Nelson, Ken Lawrence, Larry Rice, Lavern Pederson, Linda Higgins, Lorrie Janatopoulos, Lyle Koenen, marcus harcus, Mary Sawatzky, Mike Germain, Mike Sundin, nathan johnson, Pam Langseth, Randy Gilbert, Raymond Dehn, Steve Smith, Taylor Stevenson, Terra Cole, Tim Faust, Tom Dimond, Tom Rukavina, Tom Saxhaug, Tyler Abens
A handful of August primary elections are heating up across the state thanks to the new redistricting map, an uptick in legislative retirements and widespread dissatisfaction with the job lawmakers are doing in St. Paul.
Koenen won the seat with 54 percent of the vote Tuesday evening, beating out GOP candidate Gregg Kulberg by nearly 15 percentage points. Independent candidate Leon Greenslit garnered about 5 percent of the vote in the sprawling new Senate district, which covers Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties in western Minnesota.
by Charley Shaw
Published: April 6, 2012
Tags: Aaron Printup, Bill Hilty, Bonn Clayton, Bruce Ahlgren, Bruce Vogel, Byron Kuster, Chris Gerlach, Chuck Roulet, Cindy Pugh, Connie Doepke, Dave Osmek, Dave Senjem, David Bly, endorsing conventions, Gary Kubly, Gen Olson, Geoff Michel, Greg Davids, Jerome Hertaus, Jesse Berglund, Jessica Rohloff, Joe Arwood, Joe Gimse, Julianne Ortman, Keith Downey, Ken Tschumper, Kevin Masrud, Larry Rice, Lyle Koenen, Mary Sawatzky, Mick McGuire, Mike Sowada, Mike Sundin, nathan johnson, Pam Langseth, Pete Radosevich, redistricting, Roger Crawford, Ron Paul, Steve Smith, Tim Faust, Tom Ladwig, Tony Archer, Tyler Abens, Warren Limmer
In recent weeks, local party activists around Minnesota have commandeered many a school auditorium to endorse candidates for state House and Senate races.
Koenen will now head to an April 10 special election, where will face off against Independence Party candidate Leon Greenslit, and Gregg Kulberg, a Republican from Hector.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: March 21, 2012
Tags: Dave Senjem, Ellen Anderson, Gary Kubly, Gen Olson, John Howe, Keith Langseth, Larry Pogemiller, Linda Berglin, Mark Dayton, MN Senate, redistricting, Tom Bakk
Members of the 88th Minnesota Senate sworn in next January will have roughly 40 percent fewer years of cumulative service than the Senate that gaveled out in May 2010.
Two DFLers will square off in a March 27 primary ahead of the general election, and a Republican and independent are also running for the seat.
DFL state Rep. Lyle Koenen has announced he's running to succeed the late DFL Sen. Gary Kubly in the April 10 special election. Kubly's successor will serve for a brief time before this fall's election in the newly drawn legislative districts.
Current and former legislative colleagues of the late Sen. Gary Kubly recall a man of compassion and dry wit and a legislator who refused to draw ideological lines in the sand.
Dayton announced the April 10 special election for Senate District 20 on Wednesday, the same day most activities at the state Capitol were paused to allow lawmakers to attend Kubly's funeral services in Granite Falls. If needed, a March 27 primary election will be held in the district, which includes Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Palle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties.
Sen. Gary Kubly died on Friday evening after fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease for more than a year.