2014 Duluth Primary Election Primer

There are plenty of federal, state, judicial and county offices up for grabs this year, but no Duluth City Council or Duluth School Board races. Sifting in which of the active races apply to Duluthians and sifting out which are uncontested until the General Election is a bit of a chore, but the info below might be as simple as it can be laid out while remaining thorough.

Remember: Aug. 12 is one of those Primary Elections in which you have to choose a party. You can’t, for example, vote for a Republican governor and a DFL congressman. On the partisan portion of the ballot you have to vote for the same party in all races. Below are the contests that will be on that ballot, and some notes about what will be part of the Nov. 4 General Election.
 
 
FEDERAL OFFICES


United States Senator, Independence Party
Tom Books
Steve Carlson
Jack Shepard
Kevin Terrell
Stephen Williams

United States Senator, Republican Party
Jim Abeler
David Carlson
Mike McFadden
Patrick D. Munro
Ole Savior

United States Senator, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Al Franken
Sandra Henningsgard

United States Senator, Libertarian Party
Heather Johnson is unopposed in her party and will be on the General Election ballot.

United States Representative, Minnesota District 8
There will be no primary in this race. Green Party candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman, Republican Stewart Mills and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Rick Nolan are unopposed in their parties and will be on the General Election ballot.

 
STATE OFFICES


Minnesota State Representative for District 3B, Republican Party
Wade K. Fremling

Minnesota State Representative for District 3B, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Mary Murphy

Minnesota State Representative for District 7A, Republican Party
Becky Hall

Minnesota State Representative for District 7A, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Jennifer Schultz

Minnesota State Representative for District 7A, Green Party
Kristine Osbakken is unopposed in her party and will be on the General Election ballot.

State Representative for District 7B, Republican Party
Carla J. Bayerl
Travis Silvers

State Representative for District 7B
Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Erik Simonson

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Republican Party

Merrill Anderson and Mark Anderson
Scott Honour and Karin Housley
Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle
Marty Seifert and Pam Myhra
Kurt Zellers and Dean Simpson

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Bill Dahn and James Vigliotti
Leslie Davis and Gregory K. Soderberg
Mark Dayton and Tina Smith

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Libertarian Party

Chris Holbrook and Chris Dock are unopposed in their party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Grassroots – Legalize Cannabis Party

Chris Wright and David Daniels are unopposed in their party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Independence Party

Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke

Minnesota Secretary of State, Independence Party
Bob Helland
David A. Singleton

Minnesota Secretary of State
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Richard “Dick” Franson
Gregg A. Iverson
Steve Simon

Minnesota Secretary of State
Libertarian Party

Bob Odden is unopposed in his party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota Secretary of State
Republican Party

Dan Severson

Minnesota State Auditor, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Matt Entenza
Rebecca Otto

Minnesota State Auditor, Libertarian Party
Keegan Iversen is unopposed in his party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota State Auditor, Grassroots Party
Judith Schwartzbacker is unopposed in her party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota State Auditor, Independence Party
Patrick Dean

Minnesota State Auditor, Republican Party
Randy Gilbert

Minnesota Attorney General, Republican Party
Sharon Anderson
Scott Newman

Minnesota Attorney General, Green Party
Andy Dawkins is unopposed in his party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota Attorney General, Libertarian Party
Mary O’Connor is unopposed in her party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota Attorney General, Legal Marijuana Now Party
Dan R. Vacek is unopposed in his party and will be on the General Election ballot.

Minnesota Attorney General, Independence Party
Brandon Borgos

Minnesota Attorney General, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Lori Swanson
 
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There are two candidates in the nonpartisan race for District 1 St. Louis County Commissioner, which covers the Duluth Heights, Central Hillside, Downtown and Park Point neighborhoods. Jim Booth and Frank Jewell will be the candidates in the General Election; there will be no primary.

There are other county board races this year, but none that involve Duluth districts.

St. Louis County Auditor/Treasurer Donald Dicklich, Sheriff Ross Litman and Attorney Mark S. Rubin are all unopposed, and will appear on the General Election ballot against any write-in candidates who might emerge.

There will be three South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor races in the General Election, but no primaries.

Several judicial offices will appear on the General Election ballot in November, but there are no Sixth Judicial District or Minnesota Supreme Court primary races.

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