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Four file to run for Kubly's vacant Minnesota Senate seat, Gimse plans to run for Senate 17 seat

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WILLMAR -- Four candidates have filed to run in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Gary Kubly.

Kubly, a DFL senator from Granite Falls, died March 2.

Filing for the current Senate District 20 office closed Tuesday night.

The election is scheduled April 10.

The candidates include Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, John Schultz, DFL-Correll, Leon Greenslit, an independent from Olivia, and Gregg Kulberg, R-Hector.

Koenen, currently serving in the Minnesota House, and Schultz, a longtime DFL activist, will square off in a special primary election March 27.

Only one DFL'er will advance to the April 10 election.

All the candidates have some election experience.

Kulberg ran unsuccessfully against Kubly in 2010.

Greenslit ran against the late senator in 1996, losing in a three-way race.

Whoever is elected in April will serve about nine months. After that, Senate District 20 will no longer exist in that region.

As a result of re-districting, part of the old Senate District 20 and old Senate District 13, currently represented by Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, will form the new Senate District 17.

The geographical boundaries of District 17 include Chippewa, Swift and Kandiyohi counties and a portion of Renville County.

So far two DFL'ers -- Koenen and Larry Rice of Willmar -- have formally announced they will run for the new District 17 seat in November.

Gimse has said he will also seek re-election to the Senate in District 17.

Schultz has said he intends to run for the new Senate District 12 seat in November.

Filing for the November election doesn't being until May.

For additional information about the special election visit

Greenslit announces his candidacy for special Senate election

Staff reports

OLIVIA -- Leon Greenslit, of Olivia, announced Wednesday he will run as an Independent Party candidate in the special election for District 20 to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Gary Kubly.

The Morton native and St. Olaf college graduate owns a tax business in Mound where he works as a CPA with his oldest son.

Greenslit said in a press release that he owns a Century Farm his great-grandfather purchased in 1868 in Birch Coulee Township and has farmed in Renville County since 1969 when he purchased 20 acres of land. He was named the Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the year in 2000 in Renville County.

Greenslit serves on the boards of several community, church and agricultural-based organizations

In the news release Greenslit said there is a need to "protect our farming heritage from outsides such as PETA" and that the state should pay back the money that was "stolen" from schools.

He said that if elected he would donate his salary to charitable organizations within the district.

He is married to his wife, Avie. They have eight children and 15 grandchildren.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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