Nick Halter

In Senate District 59, can community activism trump name recognition?

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For Northeast Minneapolis residents, Dziedzic, Wagenius and Ostrow are household names.

Based on name recognition, those DFL candidates have the upper hand in a special primary for the Senate District 59 seat that isn’t likely to have a high voter turnout.

But two young newcomers hope their aggressive campaigning of University of Minnesota students and the large Somali community in Cedar-Riverside will help them upset the three DFL veterans.

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