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Friday, July 1, 2022

A Maplewood man filed for a northwestern Minnesota state Senate seat. Anarchy has spread.

Bemidji, Min. — A petition has been filed to remove a candidate from the ballot for Senate District 2 of northwestern Minnesota, alleging that Edward Strickland does not live in the district or does not meet the election’s residency requirements.

Edward Strickland (Forum News Service)

Strickland filed as a Republican nominee for Senate District 2 on May 25, setting up an August 9 primary match with House District 2B Representative Steve Greene for the party’s nomination.

However, Strickland listed an address outside District 2 in his candidacy affidavit and instead provided a suburban St. Paul address in Maplewood, which would put him in Senate District 44.

Strickland, who spoke with Forum News Service, admitted that he does not live in District 2, so he would be ineligible to run for that seat because he would not meet residency requirements.

Regarding how he came to file for District 2, Strickland said it was “absolutely no fault” on his part, and blamed someone else for the error.

“How about the so-called typo of District 2?” When reached for comment, Strickland said. “They know I’m in Ramsey County; I’ve been there all my life.”

No matter how the mix-up happened, a petition to remove Strickland from the ballot for the primary was filed on June 9 by District 2 resident Jim Landis, which included the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Secretary of State, and the District 2 county auditor.

Strickland has called the petition against his candidacy “undisputed harassment” and filed a countersuit, seeking $3 million for possible damages to his campaign.

Strickland said in the court complaint, “What’s really happening is a dark blue cult that is using my house and car to slander, harass, and monitor I don’t have a legal right to be a Minnesota state senate candidate.” will give.”

He also believes that he has been persecuted, targeted and monitored by people who do not want him to run for office.

“I come across as someone who has been persecuted… you’re talking to a Christian man who has done nothing wrong,” Strickland said. “The NWO (New World Order) doesn’t want you in their game.”

According to Strickland, his name should just be redirected to the right district’s Senate primary race.

“That was a typo; let’s change it (district) right,” Strickland said. “How simple it sounds, would be common sense. But no, instead when you are dealing with politics, you are in the Supreme Court.”

Printing of ballots for the primary race has begun, however, it is unlikely that Strickland’s name could be removed from the District 2 primary ballot or added to another race.

“It is not possible to add or remove races from the primary ballot without imposing serious costs and administrative difficulties on the counties and their ballot vendors,” state election director David Maida said in a document part of the court case.

If the petitioner wants to have Strickland’s name removed from the ballot, his residence must contest by June 1. As it currently is, it is now the court’s responsibility to verify Strickland’s address and qualifications.

“The Office of the Secretary of State has no direct information relating to Mr. Strickland’s residence,” Maida said in the document.

Even though Strickland’s name is unlikely to be removed from the ballot, if the court finds that he does not live in District 2, it is possible for the state canvassing board not to simply canvas the District 2 Senate primary race.

If Strickland is ineligible to run, Greene, as the only eligible Republican candidate, will automatically earn the party’s nomination.

“There will be no major party with more than one candidate in Senate District 2 and thus no primary would be required under state law,” Maida said. “The District 2 Senate Primary Just Won’t Be Promoted.”

However, for this solution to take effect, a court decision on Strickland’s eligibility would be required before August 16, when the state campaign board meets to review the primary elections.

After recent redistribution, Senate District 2 now includes the entire counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen, as well as parts of Itasca, Cass, Hubbard and Baker, as well as Red Lake, Leach Lake and White. Meaning nations are included.

Baker County resident and Army veteran Alan Roy received Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party support for District 2 on May 1.

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