2010 is a big election year. True, there is not a presidential vote, and without a senatorial election, turnout will be lower and the big media will likely ignore most of the state’s campaigns. But for the DFL, 2010 is huge. And I mean HUGE in the way Darrell Hammond playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live says “huge.”
Obviously, the headline grabbing election will be the governor’s office. I expect a DFL governor to be elected. Of course I am a Vikings fan, so I always maintain a sense of impending doom in these situations. But also, the 2010 elected legislature will deal with redistricting while trying the wrangle in the billions of dollars needed to keep the state running.
As important as those votes are, we can’t forget about the other three constitutional officers. 2010 is an election year for Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Auditor. The GOP has already begun general campaigns against Lori Swanson and Mark Ritchie. I’m not sure there are any declared candidates running against Lori Swanson, but so far Mark Ritchie looks to have a challenger. Dan Severson, State Representative from Sauk Rapids.
Severson filed his campaign registration earlier this month. I admit I don’t know much about Dan Severson. There is a disturbing post I read about his previous website on a progressive blog, but all I know about him is he is for No Child Left Behind and against Stem Cell Research. That is enough for me to see he lacks common sense.
I’m not sure what qualifies him to be Secretary of State, but I do know I do not want Mark Ritchie to lose. I believe Mark Ritchie has returned the honesty and integrity to the Secretary of State’s office that Minnesota has lacked since Joan Growe stepped down.
As important as the Governor’s race seems to be, the most important race is to protect the voting integrity of our state, and Mark Ritchie will do that.