Wednesday was final debate between Rep. Zachary Dorholt (DFL) and Jim Knoblach (R) in St. Cloud's 14B. The race could determine if Republicans or Democrats control the Minnesota House in the legislature next year.
Rep. Zacharay Dorholt (DFL) and Jim Knoblach (R) disagree sharply on taxes, health care, and the minimum wage. But they agree that they want outside groups to stop spending money on their 14B Minnesota legislative race.
“It really is irritating to have in some ways your campaign taken away from you by people sending all this stuff into your district that you would never send yourself,” said Knoblach during his final debate with Dorholt in their hotly contested race.
This year, the Minnesota Republican Party, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party and other interest groups have spent more than $620,000 on mailers, radio ads and TV ads in the 14B race. The reason? The party that wins the race could very well control the Minnesota House for the next two years.
“Two years ago this was the most expensive House race in Minnesota history. And when I saw that it kind of made me want to throw up”, said Dorholt during the debate. “House members are paid $30,000 a year. There are congressional that don’t cost $600,000. And that doesn’t include the money out of our campaigns.”
In addition to the outside money, Dorholt estimates his campaign has spent about $40,000 on the race and that Knoblach has spent about $80,000. Dorholt agreed to abide by state spending limits to get a subsidy from the state for his campaign. Knoblach did not sign that agreement.
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