Minnesota Supreme Court disqualifies Senate 2 Republican primary candidate

The Minnesota Supreme Court has disqualified one Senate 2 candidate on the GOP ticket for the primary next month.

Edward Strickland reportedly filed to run for the newly redrawn northern Senate seat, which includes areas of Beltrami, Clearwater, Cass, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Itasca and Hubbard counties, as well as the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake reservations.

Strickland used a Maplewood address in his candidate filing. Maplewood is a suburb in the Twin Cities.

Secretary of State Steve Simon says by the time his office received the petition, it was too late to adjust ballots this close to the primary on Aug. 9, especially with early absentee voting underway since June 24.

Current 2B state representative Steve Green will be automatically advanced to the general election in November for the Senate 2 race to face off with DFL-er Alan Roy.

Candidates must have lived within their districts for six months before they can file to represent them.

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