Kelliher stumps for Dayton, Walz

Published 2:28 pm Thursday, October 28, 2010

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and former gubernatorial candidate, left, talks with Sally Vogan and Louise Yost Thursday at the Albert Lea Senior Center. Kelliher was in town to promote Mark Dayton for governor and Tim Walz for 1st District House of Representatives. --Sarah Stultz/Albert Lea Tribune

Minnesota Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher campaigned Thursday at the Albert Lea Senior Center for her former opponent, DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, along with 1st District U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.

While voicing support for these two candidates was a major goal of her visit, she said she also wanted to emphasize the importance of voting in the upcoming Tuesday election.

“I want to make sure people are getting out to vote,” Kelliher said. “Sometimes we lose track of what a special election system we have.”

Margaret Anderson Kelliher plays a round of cards Thursday with area residents at the Albert Lea Senior Center. --Sarah Stultz/Albert Lea Tribune

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The visit was part of a three-day swing through southern Minnesota.

On Wednesday, she stopped in Mankato and New Ulm; on Thursday, she stopped in Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna and Faribault. On Friday, she plans to campaign in St. Peter.

About 15 people were present for the Albert Lea visit.

Kelliher, the representative for District 60A in Minneapolis, lost the primary election to Dayton in August. The speaker said she thinks Dayton will be the best of the three gubernatorial candidate for education and jobs in the state.

He faces Republican candidate Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner. According to a recent Minnesota Public Radio News-Humphrey Institute poll, Dayton has a 12-point lead over Emmer in the race for governor.

Kelliher said she thinks the state will “buck” the national trend that shows Republicans with an election advantage and that both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate will remain in DFL control.

She said she thinks Dayton is true to his word and that he believes in a strong state and local relationship.

Regarding Walz, a DFLer from Mankato, she said she loves that he is a teacher and has served the country. She said she thinks he uses common sense in his position.

“He has been very able to reflect what southern Minnesota wants,” she added.

Walz faces state Rep. Randy Demmer, a Republican from Hayfield, along with Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson and party-free candidate Lars Johnson.

While going around the state visiting with people, she said she’s found many people are excited about the upcoming election, and some are also relieved that it will soon be passed.

“I love going out and meeting people,” she said.