DFLer Rob Ecklund has fundraising and endorsement edge in Tuesday’s 3A special election

Northern Minnesota voters in House District 3A will vote Tuesday in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of DFL state Rep. David Dill.

DFL candidate Rob Ecklund, a Koochiching County commissioner, has a big edge in fundraising and endorsements, according to Sally Jo Sorensen in Bluestem Prairie.

Independent candidate Kelsey Johnson, a lobbyist, has raised a fair amount of money, while Republican Roger Skraba lags behind, said Sorensen.

Sorensen said Ecklund had raised “$51,372.87 as of November 24, 2015. The campaign had spent all but the $9,169.37 cash on hand.┬áMost of Ecklund’s new money came for local county party units, the state subsidy, and PAC contributions, with no large individual contributions having been made since the day of the primary.”

Johnson, she said, has been active, raising “$16,570 and stowing $4,897 and change in the bank. Much of Johnson’s money comes from the Twin Cities, a testament to her many years of working as a lobbyist at the state capitol.┬áSince she is running as an independent, she hasn’t collected money from party units or a state campaign subsidy, and her only sizable PAC contribution is from Women Winning, a committee that promotes the candidacies of pro-choice women seeking office.”

And Skraba, who has run for the seat in the past as a DFLer and an Independence Party candidate, “hasn’t been an aggressive fundraiser, collecting only $2075 in individual contributions and an additional $3503.29 in state subsidy.”

Dill was in the middle of his seventh term when he died of cancer on Aug. 8.

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