State House candidate to pay $2,100 for a recount — in a race he lost by 44 points

Tim Utz
Tim Utz

State election officials will hold a recount Thursday in the state House 41B race, despite the fact that it wasn’t even close.

Tim Utz, the Constitution Party candidate, has asked for the recount and will pay the $2,100 cost. He came in a distant third in the race, getting 1,924 votes, or about 13 percent.

The race was won by incumbent DFL Rep. Carolyn Laine, with 57 percent; Republican Camden Pike had about 29 percent.

The recount will start at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Anoka County Courthouse in Anoka, where officials from the Secretary of State will oversee the process with election officials from Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

House District 41B includes the northern Minneapolis suburbs of Columbia Heights, Hilltop and St. Anthony.

I’ve left messages with Utz to find out more about his recount hopes, and will add to this if/when I hear.

 On his Facebook page, Utz notes that he’s received some contributions to help more than half the cost of the recount.

(UPDATE: Utz responded Wednesday night that five donors have chipped in to help pay the recount costs. “We had hoped to keep this process out of the media unless the recount showed a problem,” he said.)

He has run for the seat in previous elections, too.

In a pre-election roundup of the race, published Nov. 1, the Daily Kos notes:

The most interesting thing about this race seems to be Constitution Party candidate Tim Utz. Utz has this green campaign mini bus that he brings everywhere. He was the 2010 GOP candidate for this district, and the Constitution Party candidate in 2012. He is quite quixotic, but he does provide some much needed entertainment in the political world.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Mac Riddel on 12/03/2014 - 03:14 pm.

    An interesting way to get some much-needed name recognition for this perennial candidate.

  2. Submitted by jason myron on 12/03/2014 - 04:00 pm.

    Yet another guy

    who seems to have a hard time accepting realty.

  3. Submitted by Dimitri Drekonja on 12/03/2014 - 04:06 pm.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that this guy has previously complained about government inefficiency. And now he’s going to waste a day of work for several such people. Nice. Just what everyone wants– a day of meaningless tedium. All the name recognition in the world won’t help people forget he acted like a 3 year old.

  4. Submitted by Pat Berg on 12/03/2014 - 05:59 pm.

    I’m kind of surprised only $2100 will cover it. Does what he is paying really and truly cover the cost, or does this get subsidized to some extent by public monies?

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