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Associated Press, Published January 19 2013

Democrats endorse Dorsher at closed convention

Democrats endorse Dorsher at closed convention

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Democrats have endorsed Joanne Dorsher for the vacated House District 14A seat at a convention that was closed to the public.

A St. Cloud Times reporter tried to enter the convention Saturday at St. Cloud Public Library and Dorsher's campaign manager, Doug Clark, asked him to leave.

Clark told the paper (http://on.sctimes.com/11GYZzl) he decided to make the highly unusual move of closing the convention because they were worried about a “Republican tracker.” Trackers are operatives from an opposing party who follow candidates with recording devices in hopes of recording a gaffe.

Dorsher was the only DFL candidate who filed to run in the Feb. 12 special election. Tama Theis is the Republican candidate and Todd McKee is the Independence Party candidate.