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DFL holds 1st Congressional District Convention

FARIBAULT, Minn. (KTTC) -- Congressman Tim Walz was just one of a handful of Democrats seeking endorsement at the First Congressional District Democratic-Farmer-Labor party convention.

"These are the folks who are willing to give up a Saturday morning to come out.  These are the folks that drove out from Laver, drove out from Worthington, came over from Winona to gather with their neighbors to make that decision, so it's exciting," said Walz.

Clap after clap, a rally cry began to form.

"You can't just complain about government you have to be part of the solution," said Walz.

The solution for Walz is attempting to blur party lines by pushing toward progress rather than partisan politics.

"I say that because I don't think that any one party has cornered the market on the best ideas, and I also recognize you have got to convince 217 of your colleagues, and in many cases that means getting republicans on board if you're a democrat or vice versa," said Walz.

Even as the congressman tries to sway voters from both political sides, it will come down to who actually comes out to vote.

"As long as people go vote, no matter what happens in November we win," said Walz.  "That's what democracy is about.  Get out and engage, whoever you vote for just go vote.  Get it done and be apart of the solution."

A push in voting will benefit fellow democrat Al Franken.  His last election came down to just 312 votes.

"Turnout is very important to us to get our people out. In an off year in a mid-term sometimes people don't show up," said Franken.

Come November 4th, Franken hopes his work speaks for itself.

"Mainly what I do is do my job," said Franken. "Right now I'm fighting this Comcast acquisition of Time Warner cable.  It's the largest cable TV provider buying the second largest."

Walz and Franken are just two of the many of the DFL incumbents fighting to keep their place in politics.  Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will not seek re-election.  His seat is the only position without a clear endorsement from the DFL.  That race will be between Steve Simon and Debra Hilstrom.

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