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GOP wants Seifert as governor, Abeler in Senate

About 200 people attended the Douglas County GOP caucus at Jefferson High School on Tuesday night and listened to State Representative Mary Franson speak, along with her challenger Sue Nelson. (Annie Harman/Echo Press)

Roughly 200 Douglas County residents showed up at Jefferson High School on Tuesday night to take part in the local precinct Grand Old Party (GOP) caucus. This attendance is considered typical by Douglas County Republican Party Chair Dan Haglin.

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 During the caucus, State Representative Mary Franson spoke on her campaign for a third term as the representative for District 8B, reminding people that all it takes is one vote, the margin she initially won by in the last election.

A letter from State Senator Torrey Westrom, District 12, was read regarding his campaign to replace U.S. Representative Collin Peterson, stating his belief in a smaller government for the people.

Otter Tail Republican Party Chair Sue Nelson was also at the caucus to speak on her challenging Franson for the party’s endorsement for House District 8B. She spoke on being pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, and a firm supporter of the Second Amendment.

After hearing letters from the possible candidates for governor and Senate, the night ended with a straw poll vote.

Marty Seifert took away the most votes, 82, for the endorsement to run for governor against Governor Mark Dayton. Seifert also received the highest percentage of votes in the overall state.

Jim Abeler received 50 votes, the most in the precinct, to run against U.S. Senator Al Franken. Statewide, Julianne Ortman was the winner of the Senate straw poll.

Haglin said that the biggest concern of the Republicans for both elections is that there has been an “overreach of government” that has gone above and beyond the people’s tolerance.

The Douglas County GOP Convention will be held on March 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Community Center.  The State Convention will be May 30-31 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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