Today is primary election day with the House District 12B race creating the most stir in central Minnesota.
That race features six candidates and primary battles on both the Democratic and Republican side. Independence Party candidate Al Doty faces no challenger and will advance to the Nov. 2 general election.
Rep. Greg Blaine, R-Little Falls, faces June Varner of rural Little Falls in the Republican primary. The Democratic race includes Marv Begin, Bob Keeton and Debra Copa Nagel. None of the three candidates secured the DFL endorsement earlier this year.
Area counties with primary races for commissioner posts are Aitkin, Cass, Morrison and Todd. County races in which there are two or fewer candidates do not require a primary race.
In addition Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., faces a primary challenge from Michael H. Johnson, in the Democratic primary.
Polling hours vary but open as early as 7 a.m. today. All polls will close at 8 p.m.
Crow Wing County Auditor Roy A. Luukkonen reminds voters that Minnesota election laws state that voters cannot vote for candidates of more than one political party in the primary election.
For more information, call Luukkonen at 824-1045.
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