Entenza running against incumbent Otto in DFL primary for State Auditor

By KBJR News 1

July 12, 2014 Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The State Auditor's race in Minnesota is getting more attention than usual this election cycle due to a primary challenge against incumbent State Auditor Rebecca Otto.

Entenza is a former DFL state representative and leader and is running against Otto in the DFL primary.

Entenza has not held office since 2006, and last ran statewide in the 2010 DFL gubernatorial primary where he was defeated by Governor Mark Dayton.

Otto, the incumbent State Auditor, criticized Entenza for running because many politicians use the Auditor's office as a stepping stone to the Governor's mansion.

When asked, Entenza disagreed with Otto's claim and said he is running to bring progressive values to the Auditor's office.

"I believe the state auditor's office has been too sleepy, and I am calling for an activist auditors office," said Entenza, "an office that will go out and do more for the people. Not surprisingly, the incumbent isn't too happy about that.”

Whomever wins the August primary for State Auditor on the DFL side will face Republican candidate Randy Gilbert, who is the former mayor of Long Lake.

Nick Minock