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The first four candidates to file for Minnesota political offices line up at the secretary of state's counter Tuesday morning, the first day they could file paperwork, are (from left) Democrat Rick Nolan, 8th Congressional District; Mike Parry, 1st Congressional District; Joyce Peppin, state House; and Dick Franson, U.S. Senate. (Don Davis /

Minnesota campaign season arrives with filing process

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's campaign season officially began today.

As she has for five elections, Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, stayed overnight on her lawn chair in a hallway outside the secretary of state's office to be first in line to file candidate paperwork. Before the office opened at 8 a.m., three others also were in line, the first of many throughout Minnesota to file for federal, state, local and judicial offices by 5 p.m. June 5.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.