Legal Marijuana Now candidate for 2nd congressional district dies, potentially triggering special election

    Adam Weeks was running for Minnesota's 2nd congressional seat as the Legal Marijuna Now candidate.

    Adam Weeks, who was running for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District as the Legal Marijuna Now Party candidate, has died, a party official told the Reformer.

    Dennis Schuller, Legal Marijuana Now Party treasurer, confirmed Weeks’s death and said a statement from the family would be coming soon. He said Weeks was “passionate in his pursuit and we’ll miss him.”

    A cause of death was not immediately reported.

    It’s unclear how Weeks’ death will affect the upcoming election. The secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections, did not immediately return messages Thursday.

    Under Minnesota law, a major political party like Legal Marijuana Now could nominate a new candidate and a special election would be triggered

    “In the case of a vacancy in nomination for a partisan office that occurs after the 79th day before the general election, the general election ballot shall remain unchanged, but the county and state canvassing boards must not certify the vote totals for that office from the general election, and the office must be filled at a special election,” according to state statute.

    Weeks is a farmer in Goodhue County, according to his biography posted on his campaign website. He also has expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying on his campaign platform that “you need to strongly consider that the drug war is the weapon that police use most often to harass minorities.”

    In a statement, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, reacted to the news.

    “I was deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Adam Weeks’ passing earlier this week,” Craig said. “Cheryl and I are praying for the Weeks family during this difficult time.”

    Tyler Kistner, the GOP-endorsed candidate seeking to unseat Craig, also expressed condolences in a statement.

    “I am saddened to hear that Adam Weeks has passed away,” Kistner said. Adam was a passionate advocate for the causes he believed in, and he will he missed by all those who knew him. We will be praying for Adam and his family and friends as they go through this difficult time.

    Ricardo Lopez
    Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.