The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election News

October 18, 2006

Speaker Sviggum stumps for local candidates

NORTH MANKATO — House Speaker Steve Sviggum admits Republican candidates are “running into a bit of a headwind” because of congressional scandals and the unpopularity of the war.

But Sviggum said state Republican candidates have plenty of good issues to run on — job growth, good management of the state budget and property-tax reform ideas.

Besides, he said, “It’s very unfair to refer to a congressman in Florida and relate it to a state candidate in North Mankato.” The speaker was referring to Mark Foley, the Florida congressman who resigned after a scandal involving sexual e-mails to pages.

Sviggum made a stop at Dunn Bros. in North Mankato to support House District 23A candidate Andy Davis and District 23B candidate Luke Robinson. Davis faces Democrat Terry Morrow and Robinson faces Democrat Kathy Brynaert.

Sviggum, who spent the day on a swing through southwestern Minnesota in support of House candidates, said the two local campaigns are among 25 to 30 key races in the state.

“These 25 or 30 seats, that’s where the majority in the House will hinge.”

Sviggum said there is a good chance Democrats will maintain a majority in the Senate, and said it was important to keep “balance” by maintaining a majority in the House.

“It’s bigger than North Mankato, it’s bigger than Mankato. These (races) are an indication of how the state will go.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Election News
  • Candidates GOP candidates rally the faithful in Mankato

    Republican candidates Tom Emmer and Randy Demmer were in Mankato Saturday morning rallying the faithful. Former Senator Norm Coleman was in town, too.

    October 30, 2010 1 Photo

  • election 2010 Leadership values at heart of Mankato mayoral contest

    Mankato mayoral candidates Eric Anderson and sitting mayor John Brady differ somewhat on the specifics of effective mayoral leadership.

    October 29, 2010 3 Photos

  • Walz Walz seeks 3rd term in challenging season

    A former defensive coordinator for the Mankato West Scarlets, Congressman Tim Walz is facing an all-out blitz in his run for a third term.

    October 28, 2010 1 Photo

  • Demmer Demmer offers a contrasting philosophy

    State Rep. Randy Demmer, the Hayfield Republican looking to unseat Congressman Tim Walz, isn’t offering a 100-point plan to balance the budget, or a detailed health care proposal, or a 20-year strategy to make America energy-independent.

    October 27, 2010 1 Photo

  • election 2010 Ward 5 race a battle over Mankato's stewardship

    The voters of west Mankato have a clear choice between a three-term incumbent who defends the city’s record and a challenger who sees wasted spending across the city.

    October 27, 2010 3 Photos

  • Wilson Wilson fighting uphill battle in 1st District

    Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson hasn't the funding of his two main challengers, but he's not short on ideas.

    October 26, 2010 1 Photo

  • Campaign Notebook: Governor debate tonight at MSU

    The race for governor will be focused on south-central Minnesota with tonight’s debate at Minnesota State University, but the candidates were also scheduling some additional pre-debate campaigning in the area.

    October 25, 2010

  • election 2010 Frost, Robb vie in Ward 3

    Councilman Mark Frost and challenger Carie Robb are both community-minded candidates who see themselves as common-sense councilors.

    October 25, 2010 3 Photos

  • election 2010 Foreman, Massad contend in Mankato Ward 1

    Mankato may not have a budget deficit, but its struggle to find a balance of tax increases and cuts weighs on the mind of Ward 1 competitors Najwa Massad and Karen Foreman.

    October 22, 2010 3 Photos

  • Spears North Mankato City Council candidates field wide range of topics

    Incumbents Diane Norland and Ken DeWitte and challengers Kim Spears and Bob Freyberg vied to put their best feet forward in the latest round of Greater Mankato Growth-sponsored public candidate debates for North Mankato City Council.

    October 20, 2010 4 Photos