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.
All candidates representing the Minnesota Green Party, Legal Marijuana Now Party, Independence Party, Libertarian Party or Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party are unopposed in the Primary Election and will appear on the General Election Ballot, as will any unaffiliated candidates.
United States Senator, Republican Party
Rae Hart Anderson
Rogue “Rocky” De La Fuente
United States Senator, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Stephen A. Emery
David Robert Groves
Leonard J. Richards
United States Senator (special election to fill two-year term), Republican Party
Nikolav Nikolavevich Bey
United States Senator (special election to fill two-year term), Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Ali Chehem Ali
Gregg A. Iverson
Richard W. Painter
Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr.
United States Representative, Minnesota District 8, Republican
United States Representative, Minnesota District 8, Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Michelle D. Lee
Soren Christian Sorensen
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. Candidates from three parties will be on the ballot in the General Election.
Minnesota State Auditor
There will be no primary in this race. Candidates from four parties will be on the ballot in the General Election.
Minnesota Attorney General, Republican Party
Minnesota Attorney General, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
St. Louis County Commissioner, 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
There will be no primary in this nonpartisan race. Brandon Larson and Nancy Nilsen will be the candidates in the General Election.
St. Louis County Sheriff
Incumbent Sheriff Ross Litman is unopposed 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 unopposed and will appear on the General Election ballot against any write-in candidates who might emerge.
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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