Mark Olson wants write-in votes counted

State Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, will make one more bid in the Senate District 16 special election as a write-in candidate.

Olson lost the Republican primary last Tuesday to Alison Krueger. But the next day, Olson notified the secretary of state’s office that he will be a write-in candidate in the general election on Nov. 4. The official notification is required for write-in votes to count.

Olson was ousted by the House GOP caucus after his conviction on a domestic assault conviction. Leaders of the Senate GOP caucus supported Krueger in the primary, and they warned Olson would he would not be welcome in their caucus if he managed to win the senate seat.

Krueger will face DFL candidate Lisa Fobbe of Zimmerman in the special election.

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