Duluth 2020 Primary Election Primer

Minnesota’s presidential primary is three months in the past, with Joseph Biden winning the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination and Donald J. Trump unopposed as the Republican Party nominee. Other parties will field presidential candidates on the General Election ballot on Nov. 3, but the Primary Election on Aug. 11 will have no presidential candidates. There are also no city of Duluth or Duluth School Board races, although one school board candidate is running unopposed.

The upcoming Primary Election features federal and state offices in which voters must choose a party and vote for the same party in all races. One can’t, for example, vote for a Republican congressman and a DFL senator.

St. Louis County Board positions, however, are nonpartison.

The nonpartisan judicial races relevant to Duluth will not appear on the Primary Election ballot because in most cases the incumbent is unopposed and in one case there are just two candidates who will both advance to the General Election.

Below are the candidates who filed before the June 2 deadline for offices relevant to Duluth ballots. Races in which candidates are unopposed will not appear on the Primary Election ballot. The names of candidates with websites are hyperlinked.

FEDERAL OFFICES

United States Senator, Legal Marijuana Now Party
Kevin O’Connor (unopposed)

United States Senator, Grassroots – Legalize Cannabis Party
Oliver Steinberg (unopposed)

United States Senator, Republican Party
John L. Berman
Bob “Again” Carney Jr.
Cynthia Gail
Jason Lewis
James Reibestein

United States Senator, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Steve Carlson
Ahmad R. Hassan
Paula Overby
Christopher Lovell Seymore, Sr.
Tina Smith

District 8 United States Representative, Grassroots – Legalize Cannabis Party
Judith Schwartzbacker

District 8 United States Representative, Republican Party
Pete Stauber
Harry Robb Welty

District 8 United States Representative, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Quinn Nystrom (unopposed)

STATE OFFICES

District 7 Minnesota State Senator, Republican Party
Donna Bergstrom (unopposed)

District 7 Minnesota State Senator, Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Jen McEwen
Erik Simonson

District 3B Minnesota State Representative, Republican Party
Andrew J. Hjelle (unopposed)

District 3B Minnesota State Representative, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Mary Murphy (unopposed)

District 7A Minnesota State Representative, Republican Party
Tom Sullivan (unopposed)

District 7A Minnesota State Representative, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Jennifer Schultz (unopposed)

District 7B Minnesota State Representative, Republican Party
Art Johnston (unopposed)

District 7B Minnesota State Representative (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)
Liz Olson (unopposed)

COUNTY OFFICES

District 2 St. Louis County Commissioner
Patrick Boyle (unopposed)

District 3 St. Louis County Commissioner
Eric Erkkila
Ashley Grimm
Joe Macor

South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor, District 1
No candidates filed

South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor, District 4
David T. Davis (unopposed)

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Duluth At-large School Board Member
Kelly Durick Eder (unopposed)

JUDICIAL OFFICES

Minnesota Supreme Court 4 Associate Justice
Michelle MacDonald
Paul Thissen

Minnesota Court of Appeals 3 Judge
Carol Hooten (unopposed)

Minnesota Court of Appeals 9 Judge
Randall J Slieter (unopposed)

Minnesota Court of Appeals 13 Judge
Jeanne Cochran (unopposed)

Minnesota Court of Appeals 15 Judge
Kevin G. Ross (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 1 Judge
Rachel C. Sullivan (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 2 Judge
Robert C. Friday (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 3 Judge
Robert Macaulay (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 4 Judge
David M. Johnson (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 9 Judge
Eric L. Hylden (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 12 Judge
Sally L. Tarnowski (unopposed)

Minnesota Sixth District Court 14 Judge
Rebekka Stumme (unopposed)

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