Dean Barkley

Dean Barkley
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Election Coverage from MPR

It's like the campaign never ended. Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman are still raising money, their campaigns are still trading barbs and they have staff and volunteers fanned out across the state to press for advantage in the recount. But there is one thing that's not like the campaign: Minnesotans don't get to vote again. (11/20/2008)
Coleman declared himself the winner of Tuesday's election but Franken said he would let the recount play out, hoping it would erase the incumbent's 439-vote lead out of nearly 2.9 million ballots. (11/06/2008)
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told reporters today the recount to decide the U.S. Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken will involve hundreds of people and will cost at least $90,000. (11/05/2008)
Republican Norm Coleman is claiming victory in Minnesota's Senate race. But it could be weeks before the state has an official winner. Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is now just 475 votes out of 2.9 million cast. The margin is so narrow it has triggered an automatic recount. (11/05/2008)
The Associated Press has backed off its earlier declaration that Norm Coleman won re-election to the U.S. Senate, because the margin of victory is so slim it will require a recount. (11/05/2008)
Minnesota's leading Senate candidates are turning to heavy hitters on the last day before the election, and crisscrossing the state to appeal to their supporters to go to the polls tomorrow. (11/03/2008)
Just two days before Election Day, U.S. Senate candidates Republican Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken and the Independence Party's Dean Barkley gathered at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul for their final debate of the election season. The debate was moderated by Midday's Gary Eichten. (Midday, 11/03/2008)
U.S. Senate candidates Dean Barkley, Norm Coleman and Al Franken met for a fifth and final debate Sunday night at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. (11/02/2008)
Months of tension between U.S. Senate candidates Norm Coleman and Al Franken spilled out in their last debate with the Republican and Democrat trading heated accusations about the allegations against Coleman in a lawsuit. (11/02/2008)
The three major party candidates for U.S. Senate will meet in their final debate tonight at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. (11/01/2008)

Candidate snapshot

Party: Independence


Date of Birth: 08/31/1950

Place of Birth: Annandale, Minn.

Education: JD, Univ. of Minn Law School;
BA, Univ. of Minn.

Positions Held: U.S. Senator, Oct. 2002-Jan. 2003;

Business/Professional Experience: Office of Strategic Planning, 1999-2002; Private practice attorney


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