Dayton calls for Nov. 3 special election to fill outgoing Rep. Ryan Winkler's seat
J. Patrick Coolican
June 16, 2015 — 7:12pm
Gov. Mark Dayton set Nov. 3 as the date of a special election to decide who will replace outgoing Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.
Winkler is stepping down July 1. He is moving to Belgium because his wife, Jenny Winkler, recently accepted a job there with a hotel management firm based in Brussels.
Already two candidates have emerged. They are Peggy Flanagan, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota; and Tim Reardon, who founded his own leadership consulting firm, Cheassisi Consulting.
Brian Shekleton, policy aide to Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, had considered running for the seat but endorsed Flanagan instead.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."