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Mark Trahant: Native candidates advance in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Chilah Brown, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, is a candidate for Minnesota Senate. Photo from Facebook

#NativeVote16 – Chilah Brown wins primary for state Senate bid
Results from Tuesday’s primary election in Minnesota and Wisconsin
By Mark Trahant
Trahant Reports

Chilah Brown won her bid to represent the Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in this fall’s general election as a candidate for the state Senate. She defeated Bob Passons 657 to 462.

Brown is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She is challenging Republican Andrew Mathews in the general election.

There are a six additional Native Americans running for the Minnesota Legislature. These candidates did not have primary opponents. Democrats Rep. Peggy Flanagan, Jerry Loud, Rep. Susan Allen, Jamie Becker-Finn, and Mary Kunesh-Podeir. And, Republican Donna Bergstrom, a candidate for the Senate.

In Wisconsin, Democrat Bryan Van Stippen (Oneida) ran unopposed and will face incumbent Republican Tom Tiffany in the 12th state Senate district.

On Wednesday, a three-judge appeals court suspended a federal judge’s ruling regarding a requirement for voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The Appeals Court said the ruling was likely to be reversed and that it would cause “disruption” to state’s electoral system.

Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independent journalist and a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. To read more of his regular #NativeVote16 updates, follow trahantreports.com On Facebook: TrahantReports On Twitter: @TrahantReports