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DFL Chair: MN is "Ground Zero" for Upcoming Elections

Baihly Warfield
Updated: June 06, 2019 07:33 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - The Minnesota legislative session has wrapped up, and now, the DFL party is beginning to look ahead to the future, including to elections this fall and even the 2020 races.

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On a local level, DFL Chair Ken Martin pointed to the Duluth mayor race in November.

"We will be fully invested in that and helping our DFL-endorsed candidate prevail," he said. 

In the next year and a half, Martin expects Minnesota will be in the crosshairs for both national parties, Republican and Democrat. One of the races he expects to be competitive once again is the 8th district. 

"We're still in the process of trying to find a candidate," he said. "A lot of great conversations that we've been having so far with folks throughout the district. Some traditional candidates that currently hold elected office and a lot of not traditional candidates who come from different industries and sectors."

Martin said overall, he was happy with the outcome of the 2019 legislative session, and he said he is proud that Gov. Tim Walz was able to deliver on campaign promises of increased education funding and restoring Local Government Aid. 

However, Martin said the state legislature may need reforms to avoid having to go into special session to get things done every year.

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