|2/15/2018 2:06:00 PM|
Walz, Johnson top
area caucus straw votes
By Karen M. Jorgensen
Party activists from the Democrat and Republican parties gathered Tuesday, Feb. 6, to begin the process of electing candidates for the November elections.
Straw votes, both locally and statewide, saw Rep. Tim Walz winning the Democratic vote while Jeff Johnson took top spot for the Republicans. Officials of both parties said that it is still early in the election season and the results of the vote are no indication of how the candidates will fare later.
In addition to the vote, attendees elected precinct officers, delegates to the next level of party conventions and submitted resolutions for the party platforms.
Among Dodge County Democrats, Walz received 63 votes; Rebecca Otto, five; Paul Thiessen two; Erin Murphy, two; Tina Liebling, three and Chris Coleman one.
For Republicans, Jeff Johnson received 36 votes; Phillip Parrish, 28; Mary Guiliani Stephens, six; Keith Downey, one; four undecided.
Democrats in Byron and Kalmar voted eight for Liebling, four for Walz, one for Murphy, one for Otto and three uncommitted. In Salem Township the vote was five for Walz, one for Liebling and one for Otto.
Among Republicans, Byron attendees gave Parrish three votes, Jeff Johnson one and Stephens one. Salem Township voted two for Jeff Johnson, one for Stephens and two undecided. Kalmar Republicans voted three for Jeff Johnson and one each for Parrish and Downey.
Mower County caucus voters gave 73 votes to Walz, Otto 12 and Liebling 10.
For Republicans, Jeff Johnson received 38 votes, Parish 25 votes, Downey four votes, Lance Johnson and Stephens one vote each and seven undecided.
In Steele County, Democratic caucus-goers gave 68 vote to Walz, 18 to Otto, four to Coleman, four to Murphy and one to Liebling. There were 10 uncommitted votes.
Steele County Republicans voted 33 votes for Jeff Johnson, 10 for Downey, six for Stephens, seven for Parrish and 10 undecided.
Next on the political agenda will be conventions to choose candidates for state Senate and House Races as well as Congressional Districts.
Statewide and U.S. Senate candidates will be chosen as each party's state convention.
The DFL's state convention will be June 1-3 in Rochester. Republicans will be June 1-2 in Duluth.
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