Koenen Wins Primary 28 Mar 12

Minnesota Representative Lyle Koenen of Clara City won a special primary election in Senate District 20 over John Schultz in a DFL Primary held Tuesday.

The seat was formerly held by DFL Sen. Gary Kubly, of Granite Falls, who died March 2nd.

Koenen now advances to the April 10 special election to determine who will serve out Kubly’s term.

State law requires that an election be held if a vacancy occurs while the legislature is in session.

The West Central Tribune reports the short-notice election drew few voters to the polls from the district, which includes all of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

According to the unofficial election results reported on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, Koenen, of Clara City, had 1,874 votes and Schultz of Correll had 947 votes.

Koenen will now face Leon Greenslit, an Independence Party member from Olivia, and Gregg Kulberg, a Hector Republican, in a special election April 10th.