LE CENTER — Mike Dudley of Northfield, the endorsed Republican candidate in Senate District 20, took 87 percent of the vote, or 2,590 votes, to defeat Gene Thomas Kornder of Belle Plaine.
Dudley will face former Sen. Kevin Dahle, DFL-Northfield. Dudley, 59, of Northfield is a retired 26-year FBI special agent. He focuses on traditional Republican themes of smaller government and resistance to tax increases.
“I’m running to put Minnesota on a solid economic foundation based on controlling spending and focusing on priorities, as government lives within its means,” Dudley said in an earlier Free Press story. “...
We can’t afford a government that is everything to everybody.”
In response to a questionnaire from the Northfield News, Kornder summed up his motivation for running: “I offer those who are disappointed with the current leadership, those who support Ron Paul, Tea Partiers, 911 Truthers, Birthers and Conspiracy ‘freaks,’ the opportunity to put someone in the Minnesota Senate who will make a difference.”
Senate District 20, which doesn’t have an incumbent because of redistricting, includes most of Le Sueur County.