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DFL caucus-goers want to raise minimum wage

Tom Obert of the Douglas County DFL read a letter from U.S. Senator Al Franken to the caucus-goers in Alexandria Tuesday night. During the caucus, it was noted that increasing minimum wage and overturning Citizens United are the party’s top priorities. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Tuesday night, political parties rallied at the grassroots level statewide during precinct caucuses.

In Alexandria, the Douglas County Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) party hosted a group of about 65 people at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC).

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Douglas County DFL Chairman Chuck Nettestad said the caucus attendance was expected in an off-year.

“We were just glad people came out to show interest in grassroots government; this is where it all starts,” Nettestad said.

He said the top two goals for the DFL are increasing minimum wage and overturning the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United – the deregulation of campaign spending by corporations and unions.

DFL incumbents Governor Mark Dayton and U.S. Senator Al Franken are up for re-election this year.

Douglas County DFL member Tom Obert read a letter on Franken’s behalf during the caucus.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, A DFLer, announced he will not seek re-election. At the top of Tuesday night’s caucus, messages were presented by DFL candidates for secretary of state, Debra Hilstrom and Steve Simon.

The DFL did not conduct preference voting Tuesday night.

The Douglas County DFL convention is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7 p.m. at ATCC, and the DFL State convention will be held May 30-June 1 in Duluth.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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