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 Downtown and Northeast, both DFL strongholds, many of the names on the ballot will be familiar from recent — and even not-so-recent — elections. But one well-known 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
In the race for U.S. representative in District 5, incumbent Keith Ellison, a Democrat who made history in 2006 as the first Muslim elected to Congress, is running for a second term. His challenger in the left-leaning district is Republican-endorsed Joel Demos, a political newcomer who has garnered a fair amount of attention through his online campaign videos and television ads.
Here’s a snapshot of the legislative candidates on the ballot this year in the Journal’s coverage area.
U.S. Representative, 5th District
(The 5th District represents all of Minneapolis and the suburbs of Richfield, Fridley, Crystal and St. Louis Park.)
Keith Ellison (DFL), Inclumbent
Joel Demos (Republican)
State Senate District 58
(Covers a section of Downtown west of the river including Downtown East, Downtown West and the North Loop)
Linda Higgins (DFL) Incumbent
Troy Parker (DFL)
Kale Severson (DFL)
Hayley Astrup (Republican)
State Senate District 59
(Covers St. Anthony West, St. Anthony East, Logan Park, Sheridan, Audubon Park, Holland, Bottineau, Windom Park, Northeast Park, Waite Park, Columbia Park and Marshall Terrace)
Lawrence J. Pogemiller (DFL) Incumbent
Barry Hickethier (Republican)
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)
Scott Dibble (DFL), Incumbent
Scot Pekarek (Republican)
House District 59A
(Covers St. Anthony West, St. Anthony East, Logan Park, Windom Park, Northeast Park, Sheridan, Bottineau, Holland, Audubon Park, Waite Park, Columbia Park and Marshall Terrace)
Diane Loeffler (DFL) Incumbent
Mark Lazarchic (Republican)
House District 58B
(Covers Downtown East, Downtown West, the North Loop and part of North Minneapolis)
Bobby Joe Champion (DFL) Incumbent
Gary J. Mazzotta (Republican)
House District 60A
(Covers Loring Park and several Southwest neighborhoods)
Marion Greene (DFL)
Brian Gruber (Republican)