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Duluth Primary Election Primer 2018

There are plenty of federal and state offices up for grabs in 2018, and a little bit of St. Louis County action, but no Duluth City Council or Duluth School Board races.

Remember: Aug. 14 is one of those Primary Elections in which voters must choose a party. One can’t, for example, vote for a Republican governor and a DFL congressman. On the partisan portion of the ballot citizens must 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. 6 General Election.

FEDERAL OFFICES

United States Senator, Republican Party
Merrill Anderson
Rae Hart Anderson
Rogue “Rocky” De La Fuente
Jim Newberger

United States Senator, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Steve Carlson
Stephen A. Emery
David Robert Groves
Amy Klobuchar
Leonard J. Richards

United States Senator (special election to fill two-year term), Republican Party
Bob Anderson
Nikolav Nikolavevich Bey
Karin Housley

United States Senator (special election to fill two-year term), Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Ali Chehem Ali
Gregg A. Iverson
Nick Leonard
Richard W. Painter
Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr.
Tina Smith

United States Representative, Minnesota District 8, Republican
Pete Stauber
Harry Welty

United States Representative, Minnesota District 8, Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Kristen Kennedy
Michelle D. Lee
Jason Metsa
Joe Radinovich
Soren Christian Sorensen

STATE OFFICES

Minnesota State Representative for District 3B
There will be no primary in this race. Republican Keith MacDonald and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Mary Murphy will face each other in the General Election.

Minnesota State Representative for District 7A
There will be no primary in this race. Republican Dana Krivogorsky and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Jennifer Schultz will face each other in the General Election.

State Representative for District 7B
There will be no primary in this race. Republican Caroline Burley and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Liz Olson will face each other in the General Election.

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Republican Party
Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom
Mathew (Matt) Kruse and Theresa Loeffler
Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Tim Holden and James P. Mellin II
Erin Murphy and Erin Maye-Quade
Ole Savior and Chris Edman
Lori Swanson and Rick Nolan
Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan

Minnesota Secretary of State
There will be no primary in this race. Republican John Howe and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Steve Simon will face each other in the General Election.

Minnesota State Auditor, Republican Party
There will be no Republican primary in this race. Candidate Pam Myhra will advance to the General Election unopposed.

Minnesota State Auditor, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Julie Blaha
Jon Tollefson

Minnesota Attorney General, Republican Party
Sharon Anderson
Robert Lessard
Doug Wardlow

Minnesota Attorney General, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Keith Ellison
Tom Foley
Mike Hatch (has said he will withdraw from the race)
Debra Hilstrom
Matt Pelikan
Mike Rothman

COUNTY OFFICES

St. Louis County Commisioner, District 1
There will be no primary in this nonpartisan race for the board seat that covers the Duluth Heights, Central Hillside, Downtown and Park Point neighborhoods. Candidates James Booth and Frank Jewell will face each other in the General Election.

St. Louis County Auditor/Treasurer
Brandon Larson
Nancy Nilsen

St. Louis County Sheriff
Incumbent Sheriff Ross Litman is unoppossed and will appear on the General Election ballot against any write-in candidates who might emerge.

St. Louis County Attorney
Incumbent County Attorney Mark Rubin is unoppossed and will appear on the General Election ballot against any write-in candidates who might emerge.

NOTES

There are other county board races this year, but none that involve Duluth districts. Districts 2, 3 and 5 will be on the 2021 ballot.

There will be three South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor races in the General Election, but no primaries. Candidates in all three of those races are unopposed.

There are no Minnesota Supreme Court primary contests and all Sixth Judicial District judges are unopposed.

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