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Joe Fricke has won the DFL endorsement to replace retiring state Sen. Steve Murphy. The 28-year-old attorney easily defeated Bruce Montplaisir, superintendent of the Lewiston-Altura school district, at Saturday's party convention. Fricked received 41 votes, compared to 7 for his DFL rival.

Fricke wins DFL endorsement in SD 28, but primary looms

Joe Fricke

Joe Fricke

Joe Fricke has won the DFL endorsement to replace retiring state Sen. Steve Murphy. The 28-year-old attorney easily defeated Bruce Montplaisir, superintendent of the Lewiston-Altura school district, at Saturday’s party convention. Fricke received 41 votes, compared to 7 for his DFL rival.

Montplaisir has indicated, however, that he still intends to challenge Fricke in the August 10 primary. Both candidates’ names are already slated to appear on the ballot.

“I don’t really undertand how I can lose the primary unless things go really poorly,” Fricke tells PIM. “I think the endorsement tends to carry people though the primary in these sorts of races.”

The winner will take on Republican John Howe, currently the mayor of Red Wing. Murphy is retiring after five terms in the Senate representing a district that leans slightly Republican. Prior to the convention, he endorsed Fricke to take over the post.


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