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Friday, September 05, 2008

Primary Election on Tuesday, September 9th

Lost amid the recent noise about pregnant 17 year olds, moose hunting, and lipsticky pit bulls is the fact that we have a primary election on Tuesday, September 9th. Depending on where you live, there are some interesting races to consider.

If you care about the Minnesota Senate race, you can weigh in on the challenge to endorsed DFL candidate Al Franken. He's got a late-entry primary challenger.

Several legislative races in both major parties have primary contests next week.

In Minneapolis, 3/7 of the school board is up for re-election. Incumbents Lydia Lee and Sharon Henry Blythe face a pool of interesting challengers. Incumbent Peggy Flanagan is not seeking re-election to the board. Minneapolis elects at-large board members, so it's an open field. The top vote getters on Tuesday will advance to the November general election.

I've received direct mail about a challenge for State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, and I read about the school board race in a neighborhood newspaper. Otherwise, the news about any of these races is sparse and localized. It would be worthwhile for everybody to do a little research over the weekend, and show up on Tuesday to exercise your franchise.