More Names in Plymouth Race
Judy Johnson is the only Republican running.
Matt from North Star Liberty gives an account of Judy Johnson's campaign so far:
SD 43's annual golf tournament, held under yesterday's brilliant if breezily cool sunshine at Elm Creek golf course in Plymouth, turned into a launch of Judy Johnson's campaign for the Gaither Senate seat. Johnson is Plymouth's effective and popular mayor and President of the Minnesota League of Cities. She has excelled in her current nonpartisan office (even some of her neighbors had no idea she was a Republican) by setting a more cooperative tone on the City Council, and overseeing a vibrant, growing, and well-run city. She intends to run a strong campaign for the SD 43 Republican endorsement and work hard to keep the district's seat in the Republican caucus. Although the endorsement is up for grabs until the soon-to-be-announced endorsing convention, possible contender Bruce Lambrecht is now said to be out of the race, and SD 43 co-chair John Knight is co-chairing Johnson's Senate campaign, with SD 43's other co-chair, Planning Commission member, and civic activist Frank Weir serving as Johnson's campaign treasurer.
This will be interesting since Frank Weir was behind the effort to oust Knight from his SD 43 Republican Executive Committee post.
On the Democratic side Terri Bonoff is running. I talked Terri and she supports good science education and believes science - not supernatural explanations and pseudoscience - should be tought in science classes. Terri Bonoff is a member of the Minnetonka Planning Commission and co-chairwoman of the Hopkins School District's Legislative Action Coalition.
Matt mentions a couple more Democratic candidates:
Tony Wagner, Director for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Minnetonka City Councilmember.
Buck Humphrey, son of former Minnesota attorney general Skip Humphrey, would connect with Gold Coast DFLers via his work on the Kerry campaign.
Judy Johnson and Terri Bonoff are clearly the more qualified candidates. Buck Humphrey is a political hack and the only substance to him is the Humphrey name.
John Knight is having a party tonight at his house and I'm planning on attending. It will be interesting to hear John's perspective of the race so far.
UPDATE: John Knight is not Chairing Judy's campaign. From Judy Johnson:
Thank you for copying me on your email. I want to correct something...I have filed last week with the campaign finance board and Tim Bildsoe is my Chair. John Knight is the Minnetonka B side co-chair of our senate district and he is involved with my campaign, as is anyone who wants to be part of the effort.
People are welcome to have differing views on issues and still support my candidacy. I hope to bring people together and work hard for our senate district if elected.
If you have any other particular questions on this mattter, please check with me and I would be happy to get you the facts.