ST PETER —
Strand is the first Democrat to enter the race since it became clear that the DFL had set its endorsing convention too late to avoid a primary election — even if all the contenders agree to abide by the endorsement. That’s because the filing deadline is Jan. 15 and the convention is set for Jan. 19. Typically, non-endorsed candidates would agree to not even file for the seat in deference to the choice of party activists at the endorsing convention.
Strand said he expects he would suspend his campaign if another Democrat is endorsed, even though his name would still be on the ballot for the primary election Jan. 29.
“To me, that would take the wind out of my sails right there,” he said of not winning the endorsement. “I’m probably not going to put a lot time, money and effort into the campaign if I don’t have that (party) support.”
Strand brings to eight the number of candidates seeking the seat, including Independence Party candidate Tim Gieseke; Republicans Joel Brinker, Jim Golgart and Allen Quist; and Democrats Karl Johnson, Clark Johnson and Robin Courrier.