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Author Archives: Lawrence Schumacher

In Edina, a race to take on DFL’s Erhardt

One month ago, the story of who would run against DFL Rep. Ron Erhardt on the Republican side of the ticket looked like it would be a familiar one, in which the runner-up from the last cycle takes a second crack at it and the field is cleared for her. But the House District 49A GOP endorsement contest isn’t playing out that way.

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Pinto leans on track record in House 64B race

When the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women selected the first recipient of its “Inspire” community ally award in 2013, Dave Pinto was a natural choice. “Domestic violence is a complicated issue, and one of the things Dave does exceptionally well is he understands the complexities and still moves forward with positive change,” said Liz Richards, the nonprofit’s executive director.

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Open Huntley seat brings out DFL throng

The last time folks on Duluth’s east side had an open seat to fill in the Minnesota House of Representatives, President George H.W. Bush was running for re-election, the sitcom “Cheers” was still on the air, and Duluth residents eligible to vote for the first time this fall had not yet been born.

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Matt Freeman looks to continue a family tradition

In a race with many candidates but few expected policy differences, supporters of Matt Freeman’s House District 64B DFL candidacy are placing their faith in his door-to-door skills to set him apart from the crowd. “Few people have knocked on more doors in Highland Park and Mac-Groveland than Matt,” said Chris Tolbert, a St. Paul City Council member whose district neatly overlaps the legislative district and who endorsed Freeman and serves as his campaign co-chair.

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Bergstrom aim: ‘get out in front’

Greta Bergstrom’s campaign strategy to win the DFL endorsement for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Michael Paymar is simple, according to her campaign co-chair. “Get out in front and get people backing you right from the start,” St. Paul City Council member Amy Brendmoen said.

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