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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:45 am | Updated: 11:37 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

DFLer Clark Johnson won the special primary election for House District 19A Tuesday, joining GOP candidate Allen Quist and Independent Tim Gieseke on the ballot.

Johnson pulled in more than 66 percent of the vote with 641 votes. A little more than 1,100 voted in the primary, 252 voting for Karl Johnson, 51 for St. Peter Mayor Timothy Strand and 23 for Robin Courrier.

Johnson, who secured the Democratic endorsement almost two weeks ago, said he will continue to run on a platform to stabilize the state budget through “reasoned, measured, forward-thinking” solutions.

“It feels good,” Johnson said about winning. “And now it’s on to Feb. 12.”

In the next two weeks, Johnson said he will focus on presenting a positive message and encouraging residents to vote. He also thanked his fellow candidates for stepping aside after he won the DFL endorsement.

Johnson has worked at Minnesota State University, Mankato for 27 years. He coordinates academic advising for about 2,200 undergraduate students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He also coordinates the preparation of future secondary social studies teachers.

Tim Gieseke, who received the Independence Party endorsement earlier this month, said in a press release that he will seek to appeal to voters by offering a fiscally conservative and socially progressive alternative to the dead-locking partisanship he says is exhibited by both major political parties.

Recently endorsed Republican candidate Allen Quist on the other hand said he feels name recognition will be to his advantage in the coming election and that his 2012 core campaign is still intact from his unsuccessful congressional run. Quist, who previously served in the state Legislature, in November lost to incumbent First District Congressman Tim Walz.

All three candidates face off in a forum planned for Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The Saint Peter Chamber of Commerce, Greater Mankato Growth and the Saint Peter League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring the forum at the Nicollet County Historical Society’s Treaty Site at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to submit issue-related questions for the forum by Jan. 30, preferably by email, to the Saint Peter Chamber of Commerce — There will also be an opportunity to submit questions in writing at the forum itself.

The State Canvassing Board meets to certify Tuesday’s special primary election results Thursday. The special election for House District 19A will be held on Feb. 12.

Reach reporter Jessica Bies at 507-931-8568 or follow her on @sphjessicabies

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