Kari Dziedzic easily won a special election on Jan. 10 to become the next state senator to represent Northeast and parts of Southeast Minneapolis.
Dziedzic (DFL) took 79 percent of the vote while Republican Ben Schwanke collected 19 percent.
In total, only 4,273 votes were cast on an unseasonably warm January day. That’s less than 10 percent of the 45,000 registered voters in Senate District 59.
Dziedzic, who takes over for long-time senator Larry Pogemiller, will join the Legislature for the 2012 session, which begins Jan. 24.