Ritchie receives DFL endorsement for Minnesota secretary of state

Southwest resident Mark Ritchie nabbed the DFL endorsement for secretary of state June 11 at the party's state convention in Rochester.

&#8220I am very grateful to the DFL for their endorsement,” Ritchie said in a statement. &#8220 People understand that we need 21st-century leadership that champions our democratic rights and responsibilities.”

Ritchie will run against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, whom he has loudly criticized so far in his campaign. Ritchie said Kiffmeyer has politicized the office that ensures that the voting process runs fairly and legally.

Ritchie, a 54-year-old ECCO resident, has lived in Minneapolis for 25 years and has spent the past 15 years working on nonpartisan voter registration, election protection and get-out-the-vote campaigns. He organized a grassroots voter registration drive in 2004 called November 2. His work during that election cycle and the frustration he felt with the secretary of state's office compelled him to run.

Christian Sande, the other Southwest resident vying for the DFL endorsement for secretary of state, put a note on his website stating that he is abiding by the endorsement and is no longer in the race.

&#8220While we were not able to gain the DFL party's endorsement we have absolutely no regrets in how we reached out to new voters, students and young Minnesotans,” stated a post on Sande's campaign website.

DFL delegates also endorsed candidates for a number of other offices at the state convention. House Minority Leader Matt Entenza was endorsed for attorney general, former state representative Rebecca Otto was endorsed for state auditor, Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar was endorsed for U.S. Senate, and Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch was endorsed for governor.