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Cash talks: House 2B heats up

The House 2B race is heating up, with DFL challenger Dave Sobieski outraising Republican incumbent Steve Green by $2,000 so far this year.

Sobieski has raised about $12,000 and Green about $10,000 from Jan. 1 to July 21, according to the most recent data from the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board.

District 2B includes Lake Park, Audubon, Frazee, Callaway, Ogema, in fact all Becker County cities except Detroit Lakes and the village of Cormorant.

It includes most of Becker County, all of Mahnomen County and parts of Clearwater, Hubbard, Otter Tail and Wadena counties.

The race for the open seat was competitive two years ago, with Green narrowly beating former DFL Rep. Brita Sailer.

Here’s a look at how the numbers shake out in 2B and other area legislative races:

In 2B, Sobieski started the year with about $5,000 cash in hand.

From Jan. 1 through July 21, his campaign received cash and in-kind donations totaling just over $12,000, mostly from individual contributions.

His campaign spent just over $8,500, leaving cash on hand of about $8,600.

Sobieski lives in Butler Township, just south of Spruce Grove Township across the Becker County line in Otter Tail County.

Green, of Fosston, started the year with just over $10,500. Since then, his campaign received cash and in-kind donations totaling $9,870, most from individuals, and spent $10,724.

Green’s cash on hand is $9,684.

Most of the money from both campaigns was spent on general campaign needs: mileage, printing brochures and yard signs, postage, and some newspaper advertising

In the House 4B race, longtime DFL incumbent Paul Marquart of Dilworth has far outraised Republican challenger Jared LaDuke of Glyndon.

House 4B includes Detroit Lakes and the Becker County townships of Lakeview, Lake Eunice and Cormorant, as well as all of Clay and Norman counties.

LaDuke started the year with no cash on hand, and has raised $2,118. Bob Spilman of Detroit Lakes is his treasurer.

There was no change since the last report. LaDuke received no donations and has not spent anything at all, leaving him with cash on hand of $2,118.

Marquart started the year with just over $13,000 cash in hand.

Since then he has raised about $3,450 and spent about $3,150. His cash on hand is now at $13,312.

In the House 8A race in Otter Tail County, longtime Republican incumbent Bud Nornes has a greater than two-to-one cash lead over DFL challenger Jim Miltich of Pelican Rapids.

House 8A includes Vergas, Perham, Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls.

Since Jan. 1, Miltich has raised $5,260, and his campaign has spent just over $1,000, mostly on signs, letters, T-shirts and other printing costs, leaving him $4,240.

Nornes, of Fergus Falls, started the year with $6,337 cash on hand, and since then has raised $6,177, mostly from individual contributions.

He has spent $2,137, leaving him with cash on hand of $10,377.

Money isn’t everything in politics, but it can help level the playing field, and it can show who is generating excitement on the campaign trail.