MN Dems Swap Out Embattled Rep. Gauthier On Nov. Ballot

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 6:46 am

Minnesota Democrats have gotten a lifeline in their efforts to hang on to a Duluth legislative seat after a disgraced Democratic lawmaker quit his re-election bid.

The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted the party’s request to have Rep. Kerry Gauthier’s name scrubbed from the ballot. He dropped out of a re-election race for a Duluth seat after having a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

The ruling is a boost to Democrats, who feared they would have to resort to a write-in effort to preserve a reliable seat. Democrats can ill-afford to lose a safe seat in their bid to retake the Minnesota House majority.

Gauthier will be replaced by Erik Simonson, a Duluth assistant fire chief. He faces Republican Travis Silvers.

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