Thompson wins race for District 36 Senate seat
The name on the door will change this year in Senate District 36, but the political party of the person working behind that door will not.
Republican Dave Thompson beat DFL opponent Steve Quist Tuesday in the race to replace longtime state Senator Pat Pariseau, who did not seek re-election after 20 years in the Senate.
Thompson received 23,426 votes to Quist's 13,686.
Thompson, a longtime conservative radio host, had the name recognition and a head start campaigning over Quist, who was a late selection by District 36 Democrats.
"I'm gratified," Thompson said after declaring victory late Tuesday night. "I was blessed with a great group of people to help me. We worked very hard."
Thompson congratulated Quist Tuesday night and complimented the campaign his opponent ran. He called being chosen to replace Pariseau an honor.
He's got a lot of work to do before he can slip into Pariseau's chair on the Senate floor, though. That work will start with an official orientation session Monday, but Thompson also plans to do some unofficial preparation, looking into the budget and gathering background information on other issues of interest.
"Obviously I'm going to want to do my homework and be ready to as ably as I can represent the constituents when I get up (to the capitol) in January," Thompson said. "I think the budget is a big one, and another focus for me certainly is going to be tax structure, tax reform.... We've got to make this state a business-friendly state."