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Incumbent state Rep. Fritz campaigns without website, social media

Websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts have become such staples of modern campaigning that it’s actually a story when a candidate doesn’t use them.

State Rep. Patti Fritz of Faribault is seeking a fifth term, but according to the Owatonna People’s Press, she’s doing it the old-fashioned way.

Says the paper:

She has no campaign or personal website, and hasn’t set up a Facebook page or Twitter account.

“I don’t do those things,” she said during a phone interview on Monday, her car parked on the side of the road as she traveled throughout Rice County. “I am now texting my grandchildren. They love that. And I now have a smart phone.”

Fritz said that since she first ran for state office in 2004, she has been able to maintain contact with her constituents by answering her phone and attending events.

Of course, her opponent, Republican Dan Kaiser of Medford, does have a candidate website along with an active Facebook page and Twitter account.

They’re competing in the newly created District 24B, which covers parts of Rice, Steele and Dodge counties. Fritz narrowly beat Kaiser two years ago.

“Social media is just another way to stay in touch with the people of the district. They are tools that are extremely useful,” Kaiser said.

The paper says that Republican state Rep. Greg Davids, who’s served 10 terms, is the only other southern Minnesota state representative without a campaign website or Facebook page.

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