State Sen. Erik Simonson, who garnered Labor’s endorsement earlier this election cycle, will be facing a primary challenge from Jen McEwen after the DFL endorsed her at a virtual convention.
Simonson, whose Labor vote rating is more than 90 percent, also serves as an assistant minority leader in the Senate. “I have worked hard to build relationships across the aisle, among stakeholders, and I am a believer that effective policy is more important than politics,” he said in a statement announcing his intent to run in the primary, which will be held August 11.
The DFL adopted a virtual platform for senate district, congressional district and its state conventions to make it easier for participants to comply with the governor’s stay-at-home recommendations and includes online voting or mail-in ballot options.
Simonson described the process as “confusing” because of the unusual circumstances.
Meanwhile, balloting has begun for the DFL’s District 8 endorsing convention, which is also being held virtually. The three candidates are Quinn Nystrom, Gaylene Spolarich and Soren Sorensen. Balloting ends May 23, and the party expects to hold a virtual state convention at the end of May.
Social distancing requirements and limits on large gatherings will pose challenges for candidates and coordinated campaigns alike in the coming months. As the campaign season progresses, watch for news about how to get involved and turn out for Labor candidates.