Bonnie Jean Smith, a resident of north Minneapolis's Willard-Hay neighborhood, has been nominated by the Green Party to represent the party in the 58B House race, which includes Downtown roughly north of 7th Street.
Smith was unopposed in her endorsement bid. The Minneapolis Green Party held its convention on June 8.
Smith will face DFLer Keith Ellison, a Minneapolis defense lawyer active in civil rights issues. He was endorsed by DFL party delegates May 18. Other candidates may enter the race before the Sept. 10 partisan primary.
Tim Davis, a resident of southwest Minneapolis' Lyn-Lake area, received the party's endorsement to challenge Democrat U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo for his 5th Congressional District seat. The 5th District covers all of Downtown. Davis was unchallenged in his Green Party nomination bid, according to state party chairman Cameron Gordon.
Gordon said that this is the first year the state's Greens have nominated legislative candidates outside of Duluth or south Minneapolis. "This is a breakthrough," Gordon said. "This is the first year we'll ever be fielding candidates from anywhere else. This shows we're growing."