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State Canvassing Board Certifies Special Election Results for House District 19A
ST. PAUL, Minn.—February 14, 2013—Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today announced the official results for State House District 19A special election as certified today by the State Canvassing Board.
The official results of the House District 19A special election held on Tuesday, February 12 show Clark P. Johnson (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) winning the election with 2,680 votes. Allen Quist (Republican) had 1,801 votes and Tim Gieseke (Independence) finished with 511 votes. House District 19A includes all of Nicollet County as well as parts of Le Sueur and Blue Earth Counties, including part of Mankato, in southern Minnesota. The resignation of Representative Terry Morrow created the vacancy.
State Canvassing Board members are Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Chair; The Honorable Alan C. Page, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; The Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; The Honorable Denise D. Reilly, Judge, Fourth Judicial District; and The Honorable Ivy S. Bernhardson, Judge, Fourth Judicial District.
House District 14A also held a special election on Tuesday to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Representative Steve Gottwalt. The results of House District 14A were certified by the Stearns County Canvassing Board on Wednesday, February 13. Because the house district is totally contained within one county, the results do not need to be certified by the State Canvassing Board. House District 14A includes the eastern part of Stearns County, including much of St. Cloud, in central Minnesota. Official results show Tama Theis (Republican) winning the election with 2,670 votes. Joanne Dorsher (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) had 2,091 votes and Todd McKee (Independence) finished with 130 votes.
“Local and state election officials efficiently administered these two legislative special elections. I also want to express my gratitude to them and the justices and judges who serve on the State Canvassing Board,” said Secretary of State Ritchie.
Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4142
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