MN Arrowhead Region could benefit from Lt. Gov. from the Northland

By KBJR News 1

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has until June to figure out who will be his running mate as he vies for a second term in November.

While there aren't any outspoken candidates as of yet, the conversation has spurred the debate over who might be an appropriate fit for the seat when considering the needs of Greater Minnesota.

Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, being a Duluthian, brought the Arrowhead Region's perspective to the Capitol, which is something political analysts say the Northland shouldn't want to give up.

It also could be the best strategy for Governor Dayton when it comes to his own election.

Northeastern Minnesota, being a Democrat stronghold, is a crucial voter base for the Governor to keep excited come election season.

According to Political Analyst Wy Spano, it's also important that the Governor chooses someone who isn't a polarizing figure with particularly strong opinions.

With a split between some Democratic environmentalist groups and labor groups over issues like non ferrous mining, Spano says that can pose a challenge.

"You've got to get somebody who says 'hey, we've got a whole bunch of rules that have to be followed, and if [the mining companies] can't follow them... then they can't be here," said Spano via Skype Wednesday, "but, we ought to allow them to try.'"

While there have been no announcements, Spano says it's possible Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, or IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich could take a shot at the Lieutenant Governor's seat.

But that, says Spano, is largely dependent any potential candidate's personal life, and goals, along with in which office a politician considers his or herself best suited to serve their constituents,

Billy Wagness
bwagness@kbjr.com

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