Final day of filing for House 5B; full coverage of campaign at MinnesotaBrown

Today filings close on the Minnesota House of Representatives District 5B special election to replace former Rep. Tony Sertich (DFL-Chisholm) who is now Commissioner of Iron Range Resources. DFLers Jeff Kletscher, Carly Melin and Shelley Robinson are already in, along with Republican Paul Jacobson. I have heard from one candidate, DFLer Cynthia Kafut Hagen, who plans to file this morning. I will write more on her later today. Other candidates may file, but I am as of now unaware of others planning to run.

You can monitor the filings at the Secretary of State website, which is what I’ll be doing throughout the day. Tonight I will post a wrap analyzing the candidates who filed and preview the Feb. 1 DFL primary and the Feb. 15 general election. At least two candidates have endorsements and events already happening.

With such a fascinating (and short!) campaign ahead, it’s my mission to cover this election in my backyard as well or better than any of the mainstream media outlets. I may be blogging on my own but I will depend very much on you, the readers, to ask questions and share information. This will be an experiment in new media, community journalism in the Facebook era, and I hope an historic turning point for Iron Range politics, regardless of who wins. Thanks for reading.

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