McFeely blog: Marquart, Eken have legislative opponents file just before deadline
DFL state legislators Paul Marquart and Kent Eken will have opponents on the Nov. 3 ballot after all.
On Monday, June 1, one day before the deadline, Republican candidates filed their intention to run with the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.
There was talk among local politicos that perhaps Marquart, who represents District 4B in the Minnesota House, and Eken, who represents District 4 in the state Senate, would run unopposed in the general election.
Brian Anderson of Detroit Lakes filed to run against Marquart and Mark Larson of Hawley will oppose Eken.
Marquart is seeking his 11th term in the House. He is the chair of the House tax committee and also sits on the Education Finance Division, the Property and Local Tax Division and Ways and Means committees.
Eken is seeking his third term in the Senate after being a state representative for 10 years. He currently serves on the following committees: Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance; Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy; Capital Investment and is the Ranking Minority Member on Family Care and Aging.