Legislature races

Years ending in zero make for interesting elections in Minnesota

All 201 Minnesota Senate and House seats will be on the ballot Election Day. Senators, usually elected to four-year terms, only get two in 2010.

That’s because the next governor and legislature will take on the once-in-a-decade task of redistricting that follows every U.S. Census. State legislative districts will be redrawn for the 2012 election based on new population estimates due out early next year, and the party in power gets to hold the pen. 

In Southwest, a DFL stronghold, many of the names on the ballot will be familiar from recent — and even not-so-recent — elections.

Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL-61) is seeking a 10th term in the Senate, following four in the House. Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-61A) will ask voters to return her to the House for the 16th time.

Two Southwest legislators are up for re-election for the first time: Sen. Ken Kelash (DFL-63), who won a 2008 special election to replace former Sen. Dan Larson when he resigned; and Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL-61B), who took over for former Rep. Neva Walker when she chose not to seek re-election in 2008.

One familiar name is missing from this year’s ballot.

Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL-60A), who failed to win her party’s primary in the race to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is not seeking re-election. Marion Greene, Kelliher’s 2006 campaign manager, will attempt to retain that seat for the DFL.

Senate District 60

(Covers Bryn, Mawr, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, East Isles, Kenwood, CIDNA, West Calhoun, ECCO, CARAG, East Harriet, Linden Hills, Tangletown, Fulton, and parts of Lyndale, Kingfield, 

and Lynnhurst)

Candidates:

   Scott Dibble (DFL), Incumbent 

   scottdibble.com

   [email protected]

   612-293-7360

   Scot Pekarek (Republican)

    scotpekarekforsenate.com

    [email protected]

    612-600-8888

Senate District 61

(Covers Whittier and parts of Lyndale and Kingfield)

Candidates:

   Linda Berglin (DFL), Incumbent

   lindaberglin.campaignoffice.com

   [email protected]

   612-822-0694

   James Schlemmer (Republican)

   [email protected]

   612-501-7917

Senate District 62

(Covers part of the Windom neighborhood, but mostly lies in South Minneapolis on the other side of I-35W)

Candidates:

   Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), Incumbent

   patricciaforsenate.org

   [email protected]

   612-722-1068

   Patrick Elgin (Republican)

   electelgin.com

   [email protected]

   612-353-6026

Senate District 63

(Covers Armatage, Kenny and parts of Lynnhurst and Windom, as well as Richfield and part of Bloomington)

Candidates:

   Ken Kelash (DFL), Incumbent

   kelash.org

   [email protected]

   612-866-3529

   Craig Marston (Republican)

   www.marstonforsenate.com

   [email protected]

   612-869-1352

House District 60A

(Covers Bryn Mawr, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, East isles, Kenwood, CIDNA, and parts of Lyndale and CARAG)

Candidates:

   Marion Greene (DFL)

   mariongreene.org

   [email protected]

   612-374-8728

   Brian Gruber (Republican)

   briangruber.org

   [email protected]

   612-281-3564

House District 60B

(Covers West Calhoun, Linden Hills, Fulton, ECCO, East Harriet, Tangletown, and parts of CARAG, Lyndale, Kingfield and Lynnhurst)

Candidates:

   Frank Hornstein (DFL), Incumbent

   frankhornstein.org

   [email protected]

   612-926-3406

   Scott Brooks (Republican)

   scottbrooksforhouse.com

   [email protected]

   612-824-6218

House District 61A

(Covers most of Whittier)

Candidates:

   Karen Clark (DFL), Incumbent

   votekaren.org

   [email protected]

   612-237-7156

 

 

   Nicholas Skrivanek (Republican)

   651-341-7346

 

 

   Sadik Warfa (Independent)

   sadikwarfa.com

   [email protected]

   612-871-6885

House District 61B:

(Covers Whittier, Lyndale and Kingfield)

Candidates:

   Jeff Hayden (DFL), Incumbent 

   jeffreyhayden.org

   [email protected]

   612-501-0501

 

 

   Michael J. Sullivan (Republican)

   612-827-6814

House District 62B

(Covers parts of Windom, but mostly lies in South Minneapolis on the other side of I-35W)

Candidates:

   Jean Wagenius (DFL), Incumbent

   jeanwagenius.org

   [email protected]

   612-822-3347

   Deanna Boss (Republican) 

   612-386-3565

House District 63A

(Covers Armatage, Kenny and parts of Lynnhurst and Windom)

Candidates:

   Paul Thissen (DFL), Incumbent

   paulthissen.com

   [email protected] 

   612-824-6697

 

 

   Nathan Atkins (Republican)

   nathanatkins2010.com

   [email protected]

   651-252-4057