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Dotseth edges Radosevich in Carlton County legislative race

The Republican won his third-consecutive bid for the House District 11A seat.

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Jeff Dotseth, left, Minnesota House District 11A candidate, talks with Eric Hofstad, of Carlton, at Black Woods Event Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Proctor.
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CLOQUET — Republican Jeff Dotseth won his third-consecutive bid for Minnesota House District 11A, according to unofficial results Wednesday.

Dotseth, of Kettle River, garnered 51.16% of votes over Democratic-Farmer-Labor challenger Pete Radosevich, of Esko, who earned 48.71% of votes, Minnesota Secretary of State results show.

Peter L. Radosevich
Peter L. Radosevich.
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Dotseth will replace retiring Rep. Mike Sundin, DFL-Esko, who was first elected in 2012 and did not seek a sixth term.

Dotseth, 55, has been in the real estate business for 35 years. He's a familiar face to voters in the Carlton County area, having run unsuccessfully against Sundin in each of the last two elections. A township board supervisor in Sherburne County for 12 years, he has campaigned on a traditional conservative platform — promising lower taxes and an improved business climate while opposing gun restrictions and abortion.

Radosevich, 58, is a longtime local attorney and businessman. He operates his own firm, handling cases including personal injury and family law, and serves as host of the public access political television show "Harry's Gang" and publisher of Cloquet's Pine Knot News. Leaning on his legal and political background, he promised while campaigning to bring compromise and common-sense solutions in an era of divisive politics.

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District 11A includes all of Carlton County, the Fond du Lac Reservation area of St. Louis County and a portion of northern Pine County.

This story was last updated at 9:03 a.m. Nov. 9. It was originally posted at 1:04 a.m. Nov. 9.

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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