Democrat Rebecca Otto has won a third term as state auditor, beating Republican challenger Randy Gilbert. The state auditor serves mainly as a watchdog over local government finances. Last year as a member of Minnesota’s Executive Council, Otto voted against approving some copper-nickel prospecting leases in the Iron Range. She said she wanted financial assurances that taxpayers wouldn’t be stuck with the cleanup costs.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto has survived a primary challenge from former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza. Entenza dipped deep into his personal wealth to try to grab the Democratic nomination. But Otto had the party’s backing and cruised to an easy victory.
There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we’ll see how much that matters.
Minnesota Republicans were picking candidates for governor and Senate in primaries Tuesday to finalize nominations for a party trying to climb back into power after years of Democratic dominance.
Minnesotans — at least a few of them, anyway — will take a short break from summer to tend to Tuesday’s primary election. Here are 5 things to know about the election
When Rebecca Otto scored her first political win, few Democrats reveled in it more than Matt Entenza. That was 2003, when Otto snatched a Republican-held legislative seat in a special election with the help of a Democratic House caucus led by Entenza. Back then he proclaimed Otto’s win “a political earthquake.”
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Minnesota Democrats enjoy campaign cash advantages in all races for statewide office as the party seeks to keep its current grip on state government power. The latest batch of fundraising reports was released Tuesday, two weeks ahead of a primary election that will set November matchups.
The race for Minnesota state auditor is usually a low key affair, but this year the Democratic primary is turning out to be one of the most heated of all races. In a surprise move and at the very last minute, former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza jumped into the race against the incumbent and fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto.
Dozens of elected auditors are descending on St. Paul. The National State Auditors Association planned to open its multi-day annual conference on Tuesday in Minnesota, the home to the group’s current president.
The normally quiet Minnesota state auditor’s race is suddenly heating up. Former Minnesota House leader Matt Entenza filed last-minute papers to run against fellow Democrat Rebecca Otto, who has been state auditor for the last eight years.
A suddenly competitive primary for state auditor has some top Minnesota Democrats rallying behind two-term incumbent Rebecca Otto while others aren’t ready to discount Matt Entenza, the former state legislator who has statewide campaign experience.
A surprise Democratic primary for state auditor materialized Tuesday and a top Republican recruit for Congress barely made the ballot, providing last-day drama for Minnesota candidate filing. Former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza filed to run against incumbent Auditor Rebecca Otto…
Minnesota Democrats have endorsed Rebecca Otto for a third term as state auditor. Otto told delegates Saturday she works every day to make sure Minnesotans can trust their government, because when people trust their government they support it.
Former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert has won Republican backing in his second bid for the state auditor’s post. Gilbert has an accounting background and was the only candidate for the Republican endorsement awarded Friday at the Minnesota GOP convention in Rochester.
The possibility of more precious metal mining proposals in northern Minnesota took another step forward on Friday after the state’s executive council approved 31 leases of state and private lands to three mining companies seeking exploration.
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is asking voters to give her another four years in the role. The two-term Democrat released a Web video Tuesday that declares her intention to seek re-election in 2014.
Wanted: Prudent, investment-savvy individual to manage $65 billion in state assets. Decisions scrutinized by top Minnesota leaders. Results affect pension accounts for thousands of retired public workers. A nationwide hunt is on for a successor to Howard Bicker, who is leaving his post as State Board of Investment executive director this fall. Bicker has spent more than four decades in the overlooked but important wing of state government, the last 32 years at the helm.