Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Another candidate has stepped up to run for the District 7B seat following reports of an alleged sex act at a rest stop by Rep. Kerry Gauthier.
Assistant Fire Chief of the Duluth Fire Department Erik Simonson says he will make his official announcement on Tuesday, August 21st at the Lake Superior Zoo to run as a write in candidate for Gauthier's seat.
Duluth City Councilor Jay Fosle has also thrown his hat into the ring as a write-in candidate for the District 7B seat during the November 6th election.
Meanwhile, DFL Chair Ken Martin issued a statement Monday calling on Rep. Kerry Gauthier not to seek re-election for the seat
"The situation involving Kerry Gauthier is deeply unfortunate, both for Gauthier's constitutes, and for our party. His actions are inexcusable; nobody in our party condones what he did, nor will we defend him in this matter," Martin said.
This is the second politician to voice their opinion concerning Gauthier. House Speaker Kurt Zellers (R-32B) sent out a statement on Friday saying that Gauthier should resign from his position because he believed Gauthier to be "unfit to continue serving his constituents in Duluth".
Police reports indicate 56-year old Gauthier was engaged in a sexual act with a 17 year old whom he met through the internet website Craigslist on the night of July 22nd.
The report states both parties have told police that the sex "was" consensual and that no money was exchanged.
The St. Louis County attorney announced that it won't file charges against the Representative. In a letter to Duluth Police, The County Attorney said no charges are warranted because the age of consent in Minnesota is 16.
The Northland’s News Center wants to correct a report we had on the 6:00 news on August 15 in which we said Representative Kerry Gauthier was Quote “arrested”. Representative Gauthier was not arrested after being questioned by authorities on Thompson Hill in Duluth. The Northland’s News Center regrets the error.
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