The Minnesota primaries are Tuesday. Voters will cast their ballots to narrow the general election ballot.
Minnesota does not require voters to register under a political party. But in primaries voters must choose only one party to vote for in partisan races. Here’s what you need to know for the attorney general race:
Attorney General candidates
PRIMARY ELECTION AUG. 14 || GENERAL ELECTION NOV. 6
City: St. Paul
Past experience: Retired, “school of hard knocks”
Top Issues: Exposing “the inlfux of [Muslims] who answer to the [Quran], Sharia Law,” supporting the state and federal constitutions, prosecuting those who act “at [war] with the Office of President Donald Trump,” eliminate city and county attorneys, only have 10 district attorneys under the Attorney General office, impeach corrupt judges.
Campaign website: https://sharon4mnag.blogspot.com/
Past experience: House Representative, civil rights and defense lawyer, Executive Director of the Legal Rights Center.
Top issues: Wage theft, health care, workplace safety, union rights, fair student loans, fair competition, affordable housing, stopping predatory lending, immigration justice, criminal justice, gun violence and climate justice.
Campaign website: https://keithellison.org/
City: St. Paul
Past experience: Ramsey County Attorney, Washington County Attorney, member of the Governor’s Select Committee on the Impact of Drugs on Crime, Education and Social Welfare, served on the Minnesota Attorney General’s Task Force on Prevention of Violence Against Women, served as president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.
Top issues: Sexual violence, sex trafficking, opioid and drug crisis, cybersecurity and privacy protections, environmental crimes, safeguarding schools and students, consumer protection, abuse prevention for elderly and disabled population, health care fraud and protecting veteran benefits.
Campaign website: https://www.foleyforattorneygeneral.com/
City: Brooklyn Center
Past experience: Served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, served as the DFL Deputy Minority Leader, served as the chair of the Public Safety and Judiciary committees, served on the Brooklyn Center City Council, worked as an Anoka County Assistant County Attorney.
Top issues: Accountability, health care, the needs of middle income and working families, “taking on” the banking lobby, standing up to credit card companies, taking a stand against corporate special interests, protecting vulnerable adults and senior citizens.
Campaign website: https://debrahilstrommn.com/
City: St. Paul
Past experience: Served in the U.S. Senate for 26 years, served on the judiciary committee, chaired the veteran’s general legislation committee.
Top issues: Defending the State Constitution, following rule of law, using the Legacy amendment properly, not using the office as a “political platform.”
Campaign website: Not applicable
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor, endorsed candidate
Past experience: Editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review, clerked for judges on the Minnesota Supreme Court, worked to fight voter fraud.
Top issues: Gun safety, drug pricing, anti-trust enforcement, criminal justice reform, worker’s rights, wage theft, LGBQT+ rights, equality for women, criminal justice reform, rebuilding the attorney general office and protecting the environment.
Campaign website: http://mattpelikan.com/
Past experience: Clerked for a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, staffed for legislators in the Minnesota State Senate, worked in private practice in Los Angeles, practiced law as a partner at Winthrop & Weinstine, Commissioner of Commerce in Minnesota, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, and served on several committees.
Top issues: Protecting seniors from abuse and exploitation, fighting opioids and overpriced drugs, conserving lakes, supporting rural communities, fighting for working families and standing up against “Trump’s unlawful actions.”
Campaign website: http://mikerothmanformn.com/
Party: Republican, endorsed candidate
City: Prior Lake
Past experience: Law clerk on the Minnesota Supreme Court, attorney, litigated civil disputes, defended property rights and served as a Minnesota House Representative.
Top issues: Promoting job growth, stopping “government bullying,” promoting public safety, combat human trafficking, promote law and order, protect Minnesotans’ tax dollars, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, economic liberty and fight corruption.
Campaign website: http://dougwardlowag.com
Your guide to the 2018 Minnesota Primary Election:
► Here’s what you need to know before you vote
► Candidates in regular U.S. Senate election
► U.S. Senate special election candidates
► Get to know the House District 6 candidates
► Get to know the governor candidates