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,
Scott Dibble (DFL), Incumbent
Scot Pekarek (Republican)
Senate District 61
(Covers Whittier and parts of Lyndale and Kingfield)
Linda Berglin (DFL), Incumbent
James Schlemmer (Republican)
Senate District 62
(Covers part of the Windom neighborhood, but mostly lies in South Minneapolis on the other side of I-35W)
Patricia Torres Ray (DFL), Incumbent
Patrick Elgin (Republican)
Senate District 63
(Covers Armatage, Kenny and parts of Lynnhurst and Windom, as well as Richfield and part of Bloomington)
Ken Kelash (DFL), Incumbent
Craig Marston (Republican)
House District 60A
(Covers Bryn Mawr, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, East isles, Kenwood, CIDNA, and parts of Lyndale and CARAG)
Marion Greene (DFL)
Brian Gruber (Republican)
House District 60B
(Covers West Calhoun, Linden Hills, Fulton, ECCO, East Harriet, Tangletown, and parts of CARAG, Lyndale, Kingfield and Lynnhurst)
Frank Hornstein (DFL), Incumbent
Scott Brooks (Republican)
House District 61A
(Covers most of Whittier)
Karen Clark (DFL), Incumbent
Nicholas Skrivanek (Republican)
Sadik Warfa (Independent)
House District 61B:
(Covers Whittier, Lyndale and Kingfield)
Jeff Hayden (DFL), Incumbent
Michael J. Sullivan (Republican)
House District 62B
(Covers parts of Windom, but mostly lies in South Minneapolis on the other side of I-35W)
Jean Wagenius (DFL), Incumbent
Deanna Boss (Republican)
House District 63A
(Covers Armatage, Kenny and parts of Lynnhurst and Windom)
Paul Thissen (DFL), Incumbent
Nathan Atkins (Republican)