Candidates line up to replace Pariseau
At least four Republican candidates are competing to replace retiring Minnesota Senator Pat Pariseau in District 36.
No Democrats have formally filed, but District 36 DFL representative Steve Quist said in an e-mail Monday at least one person has expressed interest and the district DFL party is working to recruit others.
The picture is clearer -- and a lot more competitive -- on the Republican side. Farmington resident Theresa Stokes announced Feb. 8 that she planned to run for the District 36 seat and current Farmington City Council Member Christy Jo Fogarty filed paperwork Friday with the campaign finance board.
"I believe Minnesota stands at a tipping point of liberal, progressive ideals taking hold that will undermine our individual freedoms and prosperity as Minnesotans," Stokes said. "I want to engage in the pullback necessary to restore and fortify the conservative state I believe Minnesota is at her core."
Lakeville residents Bob Erickson, a former Lakeville city administrator and a current board member in the Lakeville School District, has filed for the position. So has David Thompson, a Lakeville resident and a former talk show host on AM 1500. Thompson also appeared regularly on the KSTP TV show At Issue With Tom Hauser.
"I have spent my entire adult life engaged in the public policy debate," Thompson said. "I am looking forward to being able to express my views and vote on behalf of the constituents of Senate District 36."
District 36 Republicans will hold their endorsing convention Feb. 27. Democrats will hold their convention March 6.