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Just One Democrat Thus Far in Lakeville's District 58 Races

Familiar names will appear on the GOP side of the ballot, but just one Democrat has entered the ring to face a candidate.

Lakeville's Republicans are all set for the November election. Well, other than the campaigning. And for voters, it means a lot of familiar names on the GOP side of the ballot.

The newly —formerly District 36—held its endorsing convention on March 31, and incumbents State Sen. Dave Thompson, of , and Rep. Pat Garofalo—running in District 58B—were each endorsed without opposition.

State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg—vying for District 58A—was also endorsed, though she's not technically an incumbent. Holberg lives in the new House District 56B but that she would run in 58A, which includes the vast majority of her former district—36A.

Meanwhile, things are bit less clear for Democrats. The party held its convention on March 10, but didn't find candidates to face Thompson for the senate seat, or Garofalo for the 58B house seat.

Only Colin Lee was endorsed, and he'll battle Holberg for Lakeville's 58A house seat. Lee ran against Holberg in 2010, losing by 26 points.

Distrct 58 DFL Chair Steve Quist told the Farmington Independent that one candidate has stepped forward to run against Garofalo in District 58B, but declined to name the individual other than to say he's a law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of experience.

Quist, who ran against Thompson for the Senate seat in 2010, said one person has shown interest in running against Thompson, and he hopes to finalize the DFL candidates for the District 58 races this week.

Garofalo no longer represents any part of Lakeville, though his former district—36B—did include parts of southeast Lakeville.

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Steve Quist April 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Democrats will endorse candidates at an April 5 meeting. Check out DFL58.org for more information.
Derrick Williams (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Looks like the DFL meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at B&B Pizza in Farmington, located at 216 Elm St.

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