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Duluth paper endorses write-in, not DFL candidate, for Gauthier's seat

The Duluth News Tribune endorses a write-in Independent candidate in the race for House District 7B race to replace disgraced State Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth. The paper says Jay Fosle -- a member of the Duluth City Council campaigning as an independent write-in candidate -- is better suited for the job than Erik Simonson.
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The Duluth News Tribune has endorsed a write-in Independent candidate in the race for House District 7B race to replace disgraced State Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth, MinnPost reported.

The paper says Jay Fosle -- a member of the Duluth City Council campaigning as an independent write-in candidate -- is better suited for the job than Erik Simonson, the DFL candidate who replaced Gauthier on the ballot. The publication says Simonson "isn't much of a choice."

Duluth DFLers picked Simonson as its candidate after Gauthier pulled out of the race in August.

Gauthier admitred to a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth rest stop, and state Democrats sued to overturn a decision by the St. Louis County Auditor to remove his name from the ballot and replace it with Simonson's.

The Minnesota Supreme Court granted the DFL's request last month.

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