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Twenty former members seek to rejoin Minnesota Legislature

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June 15, 2012

Minnesota

By Greg Janetka

ST. PAUL, Minnesota: While a large number of state legislators decided to retire from their respective chambers this year, 20 former members, mostly Democrats, want back in.[1]

All 67 Senate seats and 134 House seats are up for election this year. Republicans currently hold a majority in each, which they gained in 2010.

Many of the former Democratic lawmakers who are running were defeated in 2010. Those running for the House include:

  • District 2B: Former Rep. Brita Sailer is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kent Eken (D) did not seek re-election.
  • District 11B: Tim Faust previously served in the House from 2007 to 2011. He faces Nathan Johnson in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mary Franson (R) is seeking re-election in District 8B.
  • District 20B: David Bly previously served in the House from 2007 to 2011. The 20B seat is vacant and Bly is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
  • District 28B: Former legislator Ken Tschumper is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 32B: Former Sen. Rick Olseen is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 37A: Former Rep. Jerry Newton is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 49A: Former Rep. Ron Erhardt, who previously served as a Republican, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 49B: Former Rep. Paul Rosenthal is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
  • District 51A: Former Rep. Sandy Masin will face Milton Waldman in the Democratic primary.
  • District 56B: Former Rep. Will Mogan is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Former Democratic legislators seeking election to the Senate include:

  • District 8: Former Sen. Dan Skogen is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 9: Former Rep. Al Doty is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 16: Former Rep. Ted Suss is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 20: Former Sen. Kevin Dahle is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
  • District 37: Former Rep. Alice Johnson is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 39: Former Rep. Julie Bunn is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
  • District 51: Former Sen. Jim Carlson is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Former Democrats aren't the only ones seeking to rejoin the legislature:

  • Former Sen. Carrie Ruud is running for Senate District 10. She is unopposed for the Republican nomination.
  • Former Sen. David Gaither is running for Senate District 44. He is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

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