Minnesota congresswoman sues to hold district race despite death of candidate

Minnesota congresswoman sues to hold district race despite death of candidate

Demokraties Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig filed a lawsuit Monday to ensure the state’s 2nd District holds its kongres race despite the recent death of a third-party kandidaat.

Adam Weeks, running under the Legal Marijuana Now Party, died unexpectedly last week, prompting Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon to inform voters of a state law that says an election must be postponed if a major party nominee dies 79 days ahead of Nov. 3.

The people of Minnesota’s [2nd] Congressional District deserve to have a voice fighting for them in Washington,” Craig wrote in a Monday statement. “Ongelukkig, the process currently in place would deprive Minnesotans of their seat at the table when critical legislation affecting our state will be debatedincluding bills to rid politics of special interests, ensure quality affordable health care for every Minnesotan and safeguard our family farmers.

Craig urged voters tocontinue to mark their ballotslike usual on Nov. 3. The state’s law says that if an election is delayed due to the death of a candidate, a special election will be held on the second Tuesday of February — in hierdie geval, Feb.. 9, 2021.

In her complaint, Craig argues that thepeople of Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District deserve to have a voice fighting for them in Washington,” and Simon isin clear violation of federal lawby delaying the election postponing the election, Volgens local news outlet WCCO.

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Craig and Simon both issued statements expressing sympathy for Weeksfamily after his death was announced last week.

The freshman congresswoman is running against Republican nominee Tyler Kistner, a Marine veteran who raised more than $ 1 million by July and outpaced Craig’s second-quarter fundraising efforts. Kistner said he was suspending all advertising upon news of Weeks’ dood.

Kistner’s campaign responded to Craig’s lawsuit in a Monday statement, saying she istrying to play politics with Minnesotansvoting rights,” WCCO reported.

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The law in question was passed in a bipartisan fashion with strong support from the Minnesota DFL Party after the tragic passing of Senator Paul Wellstone,” Kistner’s campaign wrote in reference to the state’s 2002 Amerikaanse. Senate election, when incumbent Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash less than two weeks before the election.

The statement added thatdespite Secretary of State Simon being crystal clear that there will be a special election in February, Angie Craig is trying to rewrite laws to disenfranchise voters.

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