1997 Election Cycle

There was one lone state legislative special election this year with the DFL holding HD 11B in November.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
12/23/1997 State House, District 17A Special Primary Mardi Lacher (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 313 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Mardi Lacher Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 313 100.00

Special primary election to fill the vacancy due to the resignation of Republican Representative LeRoy Koppendrayer on December 8, 1997 after being appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

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12/23/1997 State House, District 17A Special Primary Sondra Erickson (Republican) won with 1,292 votes (86.31%) and a winning margin of +72.61
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Sondra Erickson Woman Republican 1,292 86.31
Lori Bergmann Woman Republican 205 13.69

Special primary election to fill the vacancy due to the resignation of Republican Representative LeRoy Koppendrayer on December 8, 1997 after being appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

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11/04/1997 State House, District 11B Special Mary Ellen Otremba (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 5,034 votes (58.14%) and a winning margin of +16.41
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Mary Ellen Otremba Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 5,034 58.14
Barbara (Barb) Schmitt Woman Republican 3,613 41.73
Scattering Write-In 12 0.14

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of DFL Representative Ken Otremba on September 4, 1997. Mary Ellen Otremba was a teacher from Swanville and Ken Otremba's widow. Schmitt was an agricultural business owner from Staples.

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