Local races are set for U.S. and state Senate and House, state Supreme Court and Second District Court
By Dale Mischke
The two-week candidate filing period closed with a flurry on June 2, setting the stage for primary and general election contests for a host of federal, state and local offices. Minnesotans will go to the polls on August 11 and November 3 to decide among candidates for U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senator and state representative. Races have also commenced for seats on the Minnesota Supreme Court and the various district courts.
Local ballots will feature the following candidates and contested judicial races:
U.S. Senator—Two-year incumbent U.S. Senator Tina Smith will face four challengers in the DFL primary in August: Steve Carlson, Ahmad R. Hassan, Paula Overby and Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr. Competing in the Republican primary will be John L. Berman, Bob “Again” Carney Jr., Cynthia Gail, Jason Lewis and James Reibestein. The winners of those contests will advance to the November general election and also face Kevin O’Connor of the Legal Marijuana Now and Oliver Steinberg of the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis parties.
U.S. Representative, District 2—First-term DFL incumbent Representative Angie Craig will face Tyler Kistner of the Republican Party and Adam Charles Weeks of the Legal Marijuana Now Party in the November general election.
U.S. Representative, District 4—Ten-term DFL incumbent Representative Betty McCollum will face four challengers in the DFL primary in August: Tiffini Flynn Forslund, Alberder Gillespie, Reid Rossell and David Sandbeck. Competing in the Republican primary will be Sia Lo and Gene Rechtzigel. The winners of those contests will also face Susan Sindt of the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party in the general election.
U.S. Representative, District 5—First-term DFL incumbent Representative Ihlan Omar will face four challengers in the DFL primary in August: Les Lester, John Mason, Daniel Patrick McCarthy and Antone Melton-Meaux. Competing in the Republican primary will be Dalia Al-Aqidi, Lacy Johnson and Danielle Stella. The winners of those contests will also face Michael Moore of the Legal Marijuana Now Party in the general election.
Minnesota Supreme Court—Incumbent Associate Justice Paul Thissen will face Michelle MacDonald in the general election.
Ramsey County Second District Court—Incumbent Judge Patrick Diamond will face Ngozi Akubuike in the general election.
District 52—First-term DFL incumbent Senator Matt Klein, a doctor from Mendota Heights, will face Republican Tomas Settell, a small-business owner from Inver Grove Heights, in the general election.
District 63—Four-term DFL incumbent Senator Patricia Torres-Ray of Minneapolis’ Bancroft neighborhood will face Republican graphic designer Diane Napper of Minneapolis’ Nokomis East neighborhood and Corcoran neighborhood resident Chris Wright of the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party in the general election.
District 64—The seat now held by retiring Senator Dick Cohen will go to the winner of the November general election among former DFL Representative Erin Murphy of Summit Hill, Republican Sharon Anderson of St. Paul’s East Side and Ramsey Hill resident Patricia Jirovec McArdell of the Legal Marijuana Now Party.
District 65—Nine-term incumbent Senator Sandy Pappas is being challenged by fellow DFLer Laverne McCartney Knighton of Summit-University in the August primary. The winner will face Republican Paul Holmgren of the Frogtown neighborhood in the general election.
District 52A—Eight-term DFL incumbent Representative Rick Hansen, a small-businessman from South St. Paul, will face West St. Paul Republican Mariah de la Paz, a 20-year health care professional, in the general election.
District 52B—First-term DFL incumbent Representative Ruth Richardson of Mendota Heights will face Republican Cynthia Lonnquist, an IT sales professional from Mendota Heights, in the general election.
District 63A—Ten-term DFL incumbent Representative Jim Davnie of Minneapolis’ Cooper neighborhood, a personal finance educator for Lutheran Social Service, is being challenged by fellow DFLer and Northrup neighborhood resident April Kane in the August primary. The winner will face Republican Penny Arcos and David Wiester of the Legal Marijuana Now Party in the general election.
District 63B—DFLers Jerome T. Evans of Minneapolis’ Minnehaha neighborhood, Husniyah Dent Bradley of Richfield and Emma Greenman of Minneapolis’ Northrup neighborhood will face off in the August primary for the seat now held by retiring DFL Representative Jean Wagenius. The winner will face Richfield resident Frank Pafko of the Republican Party and Richfield resident Dennis Schuller of the Legal Marijuana Now Party in the general election.
District 64A—First-term DFL incumbent Representative Kaohly Her of Merriam Park will face Republican Sherry Schack of Merriam Park in the general election.
District 64B—Three-term DFL incumbent Representative Dave Pinto will face fellow Highland Park resident and Republican Georgia Dietz in the general election.
District 65A—Five-term DFL incumbent Representative Rena Moran of Summit-University will face Republican Amy Anderson of Summit-University in the general election.
District 65B—Sixteen-term DFL incumbent Representative Carlos Mariani of the West Side will face Republican Margaret Mary Stokely of the West End in the general election.
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