I think we did real well yesterday, 11 of our 15 endorsed candidates won (compare to the NSEA who spent a quarter million and got about 4 of 23), 7 seats are upgrades for us and the only real downgrade is that we no longer have Senator Christiansen (and there is nothing saying Dan Hughes won’t fill in nicely, just that there are big shoes to fill).
In Congressional District 2, whose caucus has so much of an effect on the Legislature’s leadership, we really picked up all but one seat. Yes, there are a couple of seats that are squishy but because of where those people stand on other issues I think they will support good changes to committees and leadership. Is that a large enough change in Congressional District 2 for the changes to happen?
I think there will be some hope for a good session the next two years, and with things to build on for the PAF we will hopefully continue to gain momentum.
Other races that will affect us;
Governor – as far as firearms are concerned Pete Rickets will very much like Governor Heinemann. Economic development and taxes are going to be his concerns. Second Amendment issues will not be in the fore front, but when we have the votes to pass things he will sign the bills.
Attorney General- I really believe that Doug Peterson will follow along with the direction Jon Bruning had things going; don’t see any reason to believe there would be a change for us here.
Also the work we did and what we were able to accomplish this year has gotten us some attention. We already have a few folks wanting to help us grow the PAF and discussing the use of their resources to do that.
Winning Candidates we endorsed:
Bill Kintner (LD2)
Tommy L. Garrett (LD3)
Joni Craighead (LD6)
Jim Smith (LD14)
Lydia Brasch (LD16)
Brett Lindstrom (LD18)
John S. McCollister (LD20)
Roy Baker (LD30)
Laura Ebke (LD32)
Tyson Rope Larson (LD40)
John P. Stinner Sr. (LD48)
submitted by Andy Allen – NFOA-PAF