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DFL tells Duluth senator to 'cease and desist' campaigning that implies endorsement


GLEN STUBBE – Star Tribune file

The state DFL party has warned Duluth Sen. Erik Simonson over his use of DFL affiliations in campaign materials after he lost endorsement.

DULUTH - The state's Democratic Farmer Labor Party leader has blasted Duluth state Sen. Erik Simonson over campaign mailers and social media posts that may "create the false impression that they have received the party's endorsement."

"I am writing to request that you cease and desist the manner in which you reference your affiliation with the 'DFL,' " Ken Martin wrote in the letter to Simonson this week. "An unendorsed candidate like you wishing to identify himself as a member of the DFL Party must use words such as 'member of' or 'affiliated with' in conjunction with the party name."

In May, Duluth attorney Jen McEwen won the party endorsement over Simonson, who was first elected to the state Senate in 2016 and had served two terms in the House.


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