Minnesota Politicians Campaign Over the Fourth of July

Candidates look for new life during events celebrating the country’s founding.

minnesota, fourth of July

AURORA, Minn. — Fourth of July has become one of the biggest days for political outings outside of the Minnesota State Fair and election day. Seasoned politicians and candidate hopefuls gather to march in parades around the state.

Most candidates and politicians spent their Fourth of July in the Iron Range attending local parades.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is up for re-election in 2018, spent the day with her family walking in several parades. Klobuchar managed to walk in the Aurora, Gilbert, Eveleth, Ely, and Tower fourth of July parades.

DNC Deputy Chair and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison spent his Fourth of July at the Richfield parade. More than 50 people came out to walk with Ellison in the parade.

Rep. Rick Nolan walked in the local parades in Gilbert and Aurora on July 3. Nolan posted a video of himself dancing with a little girl in the middle of the street during the parades.

Rep. Tim Walz, who also announced his decision to run for governor earlier this year attended on Sunday at the Somali Independence Parade in St. Cloud before making his way up north to participate in parades in Tower, Gilbert, and Aurora.

Rep. Jason Lewis devoted part of his Fourth of July walking in the Eagan Fourth of July parade.

Rep. Tom Emmer took time to pose with parade attendees as he walked in the Delano Fourth of July parade.

Rep. Erik Paulsen was a no-show at the Edina parade. Paulsen, who was scheduled to walk in the parade, cancelled at the last minute according to WCCO. Protesters took his spot in the parade.

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.