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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Senate District 15 Races

There will be no primary election. From the St Cloud Times:

No need for area to stage primary
By Lawrence Schumacher

There wont be a primary before two St. Cloud-area legislative special elections set for Dec. 27.

Three candidates filed by the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline for the District 15 Senate seat being vacated by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis: Independence Party candidate Dan Becker, DFL candidate Tarryl Clark and Republican candidate Dan Ox Ochsner.

Two candidates filed for the District 15B House seat that Rep. Joe Opatz is resigning: Republican candidate Sue Ek and DFL candidate Larry Haws.

Clark and Haws filed Thursday. Because neither of the races saw more than one candidate per party, a Dec. 13 primary will not be necessary.

Senate District 15 includes Rockville, St. Augusta,St. Cloud, Waite Park and Haven Township. House District 15B covers the urban core of St. Cloud on both sides of the Mississippi River and Haven Township.

Haws is a Stearns County commissioner who was first elected in 1998, and re-elected twice. He is a retired parks and recreation director for St. Cloud and a newcomer to DFL politics.

Ek is the executive director of St. Paul-based BOMA-USA, a natural family planning nonprofit organization. It is her first run for public office, but she has been involved in Republican Party politics in the past.

Ochsner is a radio talk-show host and programming director making his first run for public office.

He is the chairman of the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board.

Clark is the executive director of the Minnesota Community Action Association, a nonprofit that helps families with housing, employment and transportation.

She also is a lawyer, board member of the St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority and former associate chairwoman of the Minnesota DFL Party. She ran for state Senate in 2000 and 2002.

Becker is a state-licensed alcohol and chemical dependency counselor who runs group homes in the area. He ran for Congress in 2002 and for St. Cloud City Council in 2003 and this year.

Candidates who have filed for office can withdraw their candidacy with the Secretary of States office until 5 p.m. today.

I was wondering whether the Ox would be able to run and keep his radio show. From the KNSI Radio website:

"Hot Talk with the Ox" remains on the air, but just without the Ox!

With Ox's announcement of his candidacy for the Senate District 15 seat---OX will be off the air until after the December 27th election. KNSI has dug deep searching every corner of the globe looking for a suitable replacement. While there is no suitable replacement, this is the best we could do.

St. Cloud City Council member Steve Gottwalt and Pat Ebertz have graciously accepted to keep the seat warm for OX until he returns. As you have probably heard---they are doing more than just keeping the seat warm---it’s beginning to catch on fire!! Check them out Monday through Friday 6:00am until 9:00am.

Larry Haws
Tarryl Clark
Sue Ek
Dan Ochsner

KNSI to Broadcast First Live Debate Between 4 House & Senate Candidates

You'll be able to hear from the four candidates running for two open seats in the state legislature as they prepare for their first debate. KNSI will bring you live coverage of the first debate between the candidates.

Democrat Tarryl Clark and Republican candidate Dan "the Ox" Ochsner are running for the Senate District 15 seat vacated by Dave Kleis. Running for the House seat formerly held by Joe Opatz are Republican Sue Ek and Democrat Larry Haws.

The debate will happen on December 9, 2005 from 7:30 in the morning until nine o'clock. It's hosted by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and KNSI will carry the debate live.

This should be interesting. I wonder if there will be an Intelligent Design question at that debate.

Lloydletta's Nooz contributor, Mark H surveyed the candidates for this St Cloud race.

There will be a second forum on December 17 sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the St Cloud Times:

St. Cloud-area voters can learn about the candidates for seats in an upcoming legislative special election at a public forum Dec. 17.

The League of Women Voters of the St. Cloud area and the St. Cloud Times are sponsoring it. The forum will feature candidates for the District 15 Senate race at 9 a.m. and candidates for the District 15B House race at 10:30 a.m. in the council chambers at St. Cloud City Hall.

Senate District 15 includes Rockville, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, Waite Park and Haven Township. House District 15B covers the urban core of St. Cloud on both sides of the Mississippi River and Haven Township.

It will be broadcast live on cable channel 19.

Both of these will be interesting.