Lisa Fobbe, a Princeton School Board member, is running for state senate in District 16. The seat is open due to the appointment of Sen. Betsy Wergin to the Public Utilities Commission. Apparently Mark Herzing, an assistant Mille Lacs County attorney, is running too.
Mark Olson, Jeff Holm and Alice Krueger are running on the Republican side.
St. Cloud Times article:
tate Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, joined two other hopefuls who filed Monday as candidates for a Senate District 16 special election.
Primaries will be required Sept. 9 on both the Republican and DFL sides.
Olson joins Baldwin Township Supervisor Jeff Holm and Big Lake resident Alison Krueger on the Republican side. Both filed last week.
Krueger is a small-business owner, longtime Republican activist and former chairwoman of former Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer’s House District 16B campaign committee who is making her first bid for elected office.
On the DFL side, Zimmerman resident and Princeton school board Chairwoman Lisa A. Fobbe and Milaca resident and Assistant Mille Lacs County Attorney Mark Joseph Herzing filed Monday for the seat.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty this month called a special election to coincide with the Nov. 4 general election for Wergin’s seat after he appointed her to the state Public Utilities Commission to complete the term of her brother, LeRoy Koppendrayer. The term expires in 2010.
The winner of the special election will fill the remainder of the Princeton Republican’s four-year term, which also expires in 2010.
Olson, who was convicted last summer on domestic assault charges, did not file for re-election to the House District 16B seat he has held since 1993.
Instead, Kiffmeyer filed to run for the seat and received the Republican endorsement this spring.
Olson said Kiffmeyer’s decision to stay in the House race affected his decision to enter the Senate race.
“Mary had a chance to run for the Senate instead, and she chose not to, so I considered it,” he said. “I’ve filed to seek the endorsement this time, so we’ll see where that takes me.”
Senate District 16 includes most of Sherburne and parts of Mille Lacs and Benton counties.