Star Tribune endorsements

The Star Tribune Editorial Board is making endorsements for the 2018 general election. Counterpoints to those endorsements also appear here.

The 2018 election: How and why we endorse

The Star Tribune Editorial Board is making recommendations in local, state, congressional and U.S. Senate races.
Editorial
November 3

Star Tribune Editorial Board's 2018 election endorsements

U.S. SENATE Amy Klobuchar Tina Smith U.S. CONGRESS First District: Dan Feehan Second District: Angie Craig Third District: Dean Phillips Sixth District: Tom Emmer Eighth…
Doug Wardlow
November 2

Editorial counterpoint from Doug Wardlow: As attorney general, I'll stand with, fight for and defend the rights of all Minnesotans

I've spent my career protecting our rights and will do so as AG. You can count on that, despite false smears against me. Let's focus on making our state fair and safe.
Skip Humphrey and Walter Mondale
November 2

Editorial counterpoint from Skip Humphrey and Walter Mondale: Keith Ellison is the right choice for the critical job of attorney general

The Editorial Board was mistaken not to endorse a candidate. As former AGs, we know that Ellison is well-prepared for the job, and Doug Wardlow is unsuited for it.
Steve Wenzel
November 2
Jeff Johnson, Republican candidate for governor in the Nov. 6 election.

Endorsement counterpoint: Jeff Johnson is Minnesota's best bet for governor

Tim Walz isn't the bipartisan bridge-builder the Star Tribune Editorial Board paints him as. Johnson's record is much closer to the people and grass roots.
Editorial
November 1
Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, left, and Republican Doug Wardlow are the major-party candidates running for Minnesota attorney general in the Nov

Two flawed candidates, no endorsement in state AG's race

Star Tribune Editorial Board can't recommend Keith Ellison or Doug Wardlow.
Paul Gazelka
November 1

Endorsement counterpoint: With state Senate control at stake, support Republican Jeff Howe in District 13

A vote for Howe is one for common-sense plans that work (see health care), and against the Democratic Party's divisive identity politics.
Editorial
October 31
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. All 134 seats in the state House are up for election on Nov. 6. A special election in District 13 is the only

Election endorsements: The picks in House Districts 49A, 52B, 54A and 57A.

Here is the last of three days of legislative endorsements.
Carol Stevenson
October 31
Jim Hagedorn, the Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s First District. Hagedorn is facing Democrat Dan Feehan in the Nov. 6 election for

Endorsement counterpoint: Jim Hagedorn is best for Minnesota's First Congressional District

He's open and honest on the issues, and his values and views better reflect those of the constituents, with whom he has met extensively.
Julie Blaha
October 31
Julie Blaha is the DFL candidate for state auditor in the Nov. 6 election. She’ll be facing Republican Pam Myrha for the office currently held by Re

Endorsement counterpoint from Julie Blaha: Good data, frank analysis are what we need in a state auditor; I can offer them

They're not the flashiest topics, but they yield key results — a lesson I learned from my mom and that my career has reinforced.
Editorial
October 31
Pete Stauber, the Republican candidate in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District, at the Carlton County Fair in Barnum, Minn., in August. He’s

Election endorsement: Pete Stauber's unique experience stands out in the Eighth District

He has devoted most of his career to local public service.
Jim Ramstad
October 30
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Democratic challenger Dean Phillips, left, during an Oct. 5 debate at MPR News in St. Paul. They are running for

Endorsement counterpoint from Jim Ramstad: Effective, bipartisan and compassionate: That's Erik Paulsen

With a strong record of achievement in very challenging times, he deserves re-election.
Editorial
October 30
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul: All 134 state House seats are on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election. The governor and other state constitution

Election endorsements: Our choices in House Districts 38B, 42A, 44B and 48A

Today is day two of three days of legislative endorsements.
Jim Hagedorn
October 29

Endorsement counterpoint from Jim Hagedorn: I'll keep southern Minnesota, and our country, on the right path

If you like the direction under President Trump, and if you believe Democrats will resist and obstruct, you have a clear choice.
Erik Paulsen
October 29
Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL challenger Dean Phillips squared off on Aug. 21 in their first debate ahead of the November election.

Endorsement counterpoint from Erik Paulsen: Third District voters have a clear choice on the economy

The tax reform I helped write has been a game-changer; undoing it would cripple Minnesota families.
Editorial
October 29
All 134 seats in the Minnesota House and one seat in the Minnesota Senate will be filled in the Nov. 6 election.

Election endorsement: Senate special election; House Districts 33B, 39B, 36A

St. Cloud race would tip balance in Senate; others would flip seats in metro.
Marjaan Sirdar
October 29

Endorsement counterpoint: Angela Conley, not Peter McLaughlin, would best represent changing Hennepin County

Angela Conley would bring fresh voice to table.
Editorial
October 29

CPA Pam Myhra is best pick for Minnesota auditor

Professional experience distinguishes Republican's candidacy.
Editorial
October 26
The U.S. Capitol.

Dean Phillips is a fresh voice for the Third District

He would help move Congress back toward more civil, fact-based representation.
Editorial
October 26
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer spoke at the second day of the Republican state convention in Duluth.

Bipartisan work, warmer leadership style should earn Rep. Tom Emmer a third term

Once-fiery incumbent now focuses on building relationships.
Editorial
October 26
After representing southern Minnesota for six terms in the U.S. House, Tim Walz seeks this year to be the state’s governor.

Election endorsement: Tim Walz, a uniter, for governor

He has a record of bipartisanship, both in Congress and in this year's gubernatorial campaign.
Editorial
October 26
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon toured the Ramsey County elections office in 2016 with elections manager Joe Mansky. Simon seeks re-election

Return Steve Simon as Minnesota secretary of state

Incumbent focused on protecting elections and expanding access to more voters.
Editorial
October 25
The U.S. Capitol.

Southern Minnesota has the opportunity to send thoughtful, well-spoken leader to Congress: Dan Feehan

Democrat would be advocate for veterans, and his credentials would make him a Capitol Hill standout.
Editorial
October 25

Angie Craig is the pragmatic choice in Second District House race

Her business and personal background make her a hard-nosed candidate who isn't hardhearted.
Jim Newberger
October 24

Endorsement counterpoint from Jim Newberger: Klobuchar would offer six more years of tax hikes, big government

Her extreme-left views don't give moderates or conservatives a voice — but I would.
Editorial
October 24

Rich Stanek, Jack Serier for Hennepin, Ramsey County sheriffs

Return incumbents as top county cops.
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