The fall campaigns for the Minnesota House of Representatives’ seats in the Southwest area firmed up as the July 20 filing deadline passed.
The 2004 elections include the president, U.S. Congress, the Minnesota House of Representatives, and state judicial candidates.
Six state House districts include all or parts of Southwest. All incumbents are DFL party members. All races are contested. They are:
House District 60A: Incumbent Margaret Anderson Kelliher of Bryn Mawr will face challenges from Republican Tom Gromacki of Loring Park and Sigrid Hutcheson of the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood, an Independence member. District 60A covers Bryn Mawr, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, East Isles, Kenwood, CIDNA and parts of Lyndale and CARAG.
House District 60B: Incumbent Frank Hornstein of Linden Hills will face Republican Jeremy Estenson, who listed no address. District 60B covers West Calhoun, Linden Hills, Fulton, ECCO, East Harriet, Tangletown and parts of CARAG, Lyndale, Kingfield and Lynnhurst.
House District 61A: Incumbent Karen Clark of Phillips will face Republican Frederick Coates of Phillips. District 61A includes Stevens Square and most of the Whittier neighborhood.
House District 61B: Incumbent Neva Walker, no address listed, will face Republican Andy Lindberg of Central. House District 61B covers parts of Whittier, Lyndale and Kingfield.
House District 62B: Two Republicans will compete to run against incumbent Jean Wagenius: Susie Valentine and Michael Heilman; both live near Lake Nokomis. House District 62B covers part of the Windom neighborhood, but mostly lies in Southeast Minneapolis.
House District 63A: Incumbent Paul Thissen will face Republican Amy Vrudny of Armatage. House District 63A covers Armatage, Kenny and parts of Lynnhurst and Windom.
U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., has three challengers. Perennial candidate Dick Franson will run against Sabo for the Democratic Party endorsement. General election candidates include Republican Daniel Mathias who lives near Lake Nokomis, and Green Party member Jay Pond of the Lowry Hill East neighborhood.