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February 9, 2013

Campaign Notebook: Special election hits the home stretch


No counter-rally is planned for Gustavus during the Dayton-Walz event, but the party will be active on campus Monday, according to Stevenson, who said Gustavus has a strong College Republicans organization.

Local Republicans are confident of a Quist victory, helped by in no small part by Quist’s opposition to gun-control.

“I think the Second Amendment issue really has people interested,” Stevenson said.

A smaller force

Gieseke’s Independence Party has a much smaller cadre of volunteers and a more limited campaign infrastructure, but the 1st District IP has been running radio ads on his behalf. Gieseke said his final push is focused on visiting businesses in the district, and he’s recruited a few volunteers to hang brochures on door knobs.

“I’m just going to hit the coffee shops,” the rural Nicollet farmer and consultant said.

Weather permitting, Gieseke also hopes to join the crowd at Gustavus on Monday — the first day of classes after an extended break — to let students know there’s a third choice.

“Depending on the blizzard conditions, I’m certainly interested in getting up there with my message, too,” he said.

The weather, by the way, is supposed to clear well before polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

For more information

Residents of House District 19A — which is dominated by Nicollet County but includes neighborhoods on Mankato’s north and west sides and the Kasota area of Le Sueur County — have a number of options if they want to bone up on the candidates prior to making a choice on Tuesday.

Lengthy profiles of Quist, Johnson and Gieseke are on The Free Press website at Videos of two half-hour forums involving all three contenders and moderated by KTOE News Director Wendy Wilde are available at

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