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Candidates all atwitter this campaign season

In the digital age of campaigning, voters can see what their favorite candidates are up to on a day-to-day basis thanks to Twitter.

Several Rochester area candidates are avid tweeters. Take for instance Kasson DFLer John Vossen, who is running against Republican Rep. Duane Quam , of Byron, for the House District 25A seat. On any given day, it's possible to check  @FriendVossen12 's account to find out where he is door-knocking. He also uses it as a means of reaching volunteers, tweeting on Aug. 21, "If you need something to do I am knocking 41st ST NW and could always use the help."

His rival is also an avid Tweeter, especially last week during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where he served as an alternate. Quam posted pictures, including one of him with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, and another with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, just to name a few.

Other candidates use Twitter to make their views known. DFL state Rep. Tina Liebling, of Rochester, often does that. The latest example was during the recent legislative session focused on disaster relief, where @TinaLiebling tweeted: "So many things on which I disagree with Mark Buesgens, but I do agree that # mnleg procedure is important; dont delegate power to a few."

And then, there's always humor. Liebling's political opponent for the House District 26A seat — Rochester School Board member Breanna Bly — has had a series of unfortunate events on the campaign trail. Here's one of @Blyformnhouse's latest tweets: "Wonder what the animal kingdom has in store for me today. Did I mention the attack by yellow jackets Monday? Glad it wasn't Tracker Jackers!"


Of course, some candidates have yet to embrace Twitter. While Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem does have an account — @davesenjem — the Rochester Republican has yet to send out a single tweet.

Reaching out to youth voters

Political parties will have a chance to reach out to young voters at an open house later this month at Century High School. The school's social studies department is organizing a Political Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 27 for students.

Organizers say they are inviting local political groups to bring information and representatives (including candidates) to the forum. The goal is to give students a chance to learn about the different campaigns, and how they can get involved.

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