The Green Papers: Minnesota 2017 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:5,314,879 (1.72% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:10(1.86% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:8(1.84% of 435)
Capital:St. Paul
 

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Minnesota State and Local Government


Primaries are held for the Republican, Democratic-Farmer-Labor, and Independence parties.

Write-in votes are not allowed in a primary election but are allowed in the General Election [Minn. Stat. 204B.36, subd. 2].

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  Amy J. Klobuchar
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Senator  Amy J. Klobuchar
FEC S6MN00267; 30 Sep 17; Tot $4,226,422; Dsb $1,170,111
  Candidate Republican     Robert Bruce Barnheiser
FEC S8MN00560
  Candidate Republican     NiKoLay N. "Nik" Bey
FEC S4MN00338
  Candidate Republican     Christopher William Chamberlin
FEC S0MN00278
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  James Wallace "Jim" Newberger
FEC S8MN00552; 30 Sep 17; Tot $23,504; Dsb $3,489
  Candidate Republican     Jack Edward Shepard
  Candidate Green     Paula Overby

Class 2 Democratic Senator  Al Franken
First elected: 2008 in a contested election resolved 30 June 2009 by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Sworn 7 July 2009. Re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Open Seat - 7 December 2017: "... I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate...."
 Candidate list
    Democratic-Farmer Labor     Senator  Al Franken - apparently not a candidate
7 December 2017: "... I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate...."

FEC S8MN00438

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Mark Dayton
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Chair - 21 November 2016: Retiring at the end of his term.
 Candidate list (16)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Saint Paul Mayor  Christopher B. "Chris" Coleman
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Tina Liebling
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Erin Murphy
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Auditor  Rebecca Otto
9 January 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Paul Thissen
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representiave Peggy Flanagan

CD 1.
27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor
    Republican     Nikolay Bey - apparently not a candidate
Running for the Class 1 Senate Seat
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Matt Dean
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative  Keith Downey
  Candidate Republican     Woodbury Mayor  Mary Giuliani Stephens
    Republican     Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman - apparently not a candidate
3 September 2017: Withdrew.
  Candidate Republican     Hennepin County Commissioner  Jeff Johnson
  Candidate Republican     former state Commerce Secretary Lance Johnson
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  David J. Osmek
  Candidate Republican     Phillip Parrish
  Candidate Republican     Ole Savior
  Candidate Republican     Jeffrey Wharton
  Candidate Independence     Jenny Rhoades

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with the Governor.

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Democratic (1 Open, 4 Undetermined);
3 Republican (3 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman  Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor
 Candidate list (9) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Johnny Alan Akzam
FEC H8MN01246
    Democratic-Farmer Labor     John Wayne Austinson - apparently not a candidate
13 August 2017: Suspended his campaign.

FEC H8MN01287; 21 Sep 17; Tot $20,200; Dsb $20,200
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Daniel "Dan" Feehan
FEC H8MN01279; 30 Sep 17; Tot $253,107; Dsb $54,033
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     former state Senator Vicki Jensen
FEC H8MN01253; 30 Sep 17; Tot $45,717; Dsb $38,412
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Colin James Minehart
FEC H8MN01261
    Democratic-Farmer Labor     Regina Anne Mustafa - apparently not a candidate
13 October 2017: Suspended her campaign.

FEC H8MN01311
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Bob Ries
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Joe Sullivan
FEC H8MN01295; 30 Sep 17; Tot $124,834; Dsb $22,243
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Richard Thomas "Rich" Wright
FEC H8MN01303; 30 Sep 17; Tot $112,938; Dsb $14,821
    Democratic     Congressman  Timothy J. "Tim" Walz - apparently not a candidate
27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor

FEC H6MN01174; 30 Sep 17; Tot $110,873; Dsb $135,052
  Candidate Republican     James "Jim" Hagedorn
FEC H0MN01045; 30 Sep 17; Tot $402,895; Dsb $165,964
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Carla Jean Nelson
FEC H8MN01329

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman  Jason Mark Lewis
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Jeff Erdmann
FEC H8MN02079; 30 Sep 17; Tot $70,603; Dsb $63,235
  Candidate Republican     Angela Dawn "Angie" Craig
FEC H6MN02131; 30 Sep 17; Tot $5,307; Dsb $15,348
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Jason Mark Lewis
FEC H6MN02149; 30 Sep 17; Tot $763,069; Dsb $189,767

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  Erik Paulsen
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Alicia Donahue
?

FEC H8MN03135; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,771; Dsb $1,590
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Jim Haugen
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Tonka Bay Councilmember  Adam Thomas Jennings
FEC H8MN03150; 30 Sep 17; Tot $305,085; Dsb $91,046
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Dean Phillips
FEC H8MN03143; 30 Sep 17; Tot $802,425; Dsb $303,141
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Brian Santa Maria
FEC H8MN03127; 30 Sep 17; Tot $13,833; Dsb $5,555
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Erik Paulsen
FEC H8MN03077; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,480,959; Dsb $599,571

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4 Democratic Congressman  Betty McCollum
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Fasil Moghul
FEC H8MN04083
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Betty McCollum
FEC H0MN04049; 30 Sep 17; Tot $256,674; Dsb $238,458
  Candidate Republican     Gregory Thomas Ryan
FEC H6MN04236; 30 Sep 17; Tot $185; Dsb $1,758

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5 Democratic Congressman  Keith Maurice Ellison
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (5) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Jamal Abdulahi
FEC H8MN05163; 30 Jun 17; Tot $65,997; Dsb $65,997
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Scott Dibble
FEC H8MN05171; 25 Mar 17; Tot $14,519; Dsb $14,503
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Peggy Flanagan
FEC H8MN05155; 30 Sep 17; Tot $12,149; Dsb $11,344
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Patricia Torres
FEC H8MN05189
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Keith Maurice Ellison
FEC H6MN05183; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,628,862; Dsb $1,663,088

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Ian Andrew Todd
FEC H8MN06096; 30 Sep 17; Tot $91; Dsb $13
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
FEC H4MN06087; 30 Sep 17; Tot $850,094; Dsb $510,298

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7 Democratic Congressman  Collin Clark Peterson
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Collin Clark Peterson
FEC H2MN07014; 30 Sep 17; Tot $493,895; Dsb $137,782
  Candidate Republican     David Russell "Dave" Hughes
FEC H6MN07304; 30 Sep 17; Tot $48,771; Dsb $16,752
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Tim Miller
FEC H8MN07086; 30 Sep 17; Tot $44,433; Dsb $13,206
  Candidate Republican     Matt Prosch
FEC H8MN07094; 30 Jun 17; Tot $600; Dsb $0

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 8 Democratic Congressman  Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
    Democratic-Farmer Labor     former Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes - apparently not a candidate
4 December 2017: Working as Congressman Rick Nolan's campaign manager.
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
FEC H2MN08111; 30 Sep 17; Tot $472,630; Dsb $208,160
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Leah Phifer
FEC H8MN08050
  Candidate Republican     St. Louis County Commissioner  Pete Stauber
FEC H8MN08043; 30 Sep 17; Tot $136,330; Dsb $19,049
  Candidate Green     Ray "Skip" Sandman

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Secretary of State  Steve Simon
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Attorney General  Lori Swanson
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Debra Hilstrom
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  John Lesch
?
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Matt Pelikan
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     former state Representative Ryan Winkler
    Republican     Harry Niska - apparently not a candidate
circa 9 November 2017: "I am suspending my campaign for Attorney General."
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Doug Wardlow

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Auditor  Rebecca Otto
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 9 January 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Jack Dickinson
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Jon Tollefson
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 9 incumbents, 3 candidates
  Democratic-Farmer Labor (affiliate of Democratic): 3 incumbents, 34 candidates
  Republican: 3 incumbents, 26 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Independence (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Legal Marijuana Now
  Right to Life
  Unity
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/mncon/preamble.htm
Election Authority
  Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
  Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Minnesota House of Representatives
  Minnesota Senate
  Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus
  Minnesota State Legislature
  MN Senate GOP - Twitter
Democratic
  Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor Party
  Minnesota Senate - DFL Caucus
Republican
  Minnesota House of Representatives - Republican Caucus
  Republican Party of Minnesota
Third Party
  Green Party of Minnesota
  Independence Party of Minnesota The Independence Party of Minnesota voted to affiliate with the Independence Party of America on 26 January 2008.
  Justice Party of Minnesota
  Legalize Marijuana Now Party
  Libertarian Party of Minnesota
  Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life
  The Unity Party of Minnesota
Media & others
  Anoka County Union - Coon Rapids
  Austin Daily Herald
  Brainerd Dispatch
  Cannon Falls Beacon
  Duluth News Tribune- Duluth
  Echo Press - Alexandria
  KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul
  Lee Helgen for St. Paul, Minnesota City Council
  Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis
  Minnesota Progressive Project
  Minnesota Public Radio
  MinnPost - Minneapolis
  Morrison County Record - Little Falls
  Northfield.org
  Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul
  Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report
  Politics1.com - Minnesota
  Southwest Journal
  St. Paul Legal Ledger
  Star Tribune - Minneapolis
  The Annandale Advocate
  The Austin Daily Herald
  The Journal - New Ulm
  The West Central Tribune - Willmar
  Winona Daily News

 


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