These are not meant to be comprehensive, at all. Just a few items at a time, that caught my eye.
– Andy Hillebregt is running in 35A, in the north metro, vs. Rep. Abigail Whelan (R-Anoka). Among many other things, last fall Whelan hosted a haterfest, along with Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover). I just have to say that the north Twin Cities metro is not some intellectual and social backwater transplanted from the Texas panhandle or something, and there is no good reason for it to keep electing representation of that miserable caliber. Hillebregt is not merely a desirable, but a necessary change.
– So is Josh Haseman, who is running vs. Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center), in 23B down by Mankato. Anyone who doesn’t know about Cornish, I suggest that you just search “Tony Cornish Bluestem Prairie.” The results will provide reading material, of an enlightening and compelling nature, for a while.
– In 28B, way down near the SE corner, Thomas Trehus is challenging Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston), who is still all about tax cuts for the rich, after all these years. Despite Davids’s electoral longevity, this district in fact slightly leans DFL.
Here is an up-to-date list of incumbents not seeking reelection in 2016.
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From Mac Hall: Will the DFL offer a candidate in HD 31B ?
The district is currently represented by Tom Hackbarth (for those that forgot, here is a Bluestem Prairie post of some of his exploits).
What is interesting is that Cal Bahr beat Hackbarth for the MN-GOP endorsement at the April 2nd endorsing convention. Mr. Bahr appears to have won the support of the TEA Party … so Hackbarth had the advantage of being an incumbent … so without a familiar name on the ballot, the DFL should at least put somebody up.
BTW … I realize that this post is about the state legislative elections, but isn’t it fascinating that after failing to defeat Collin Peterson last cycle, the RNCC has put him on their early 2016 target list … and the two announced candidates, Amanda Lynn Hinson and Dave Hughes, will battle it out for the endorsement … then it will be a three person race as Kevin Winge, the former executive director of Open Arms of Minnesota, is seeking the IP slot (see Bluestem Prairie story).
From Dan Burns: I just learned, on April 16, that the DFL does have a candidate in 31B, Sue Larson. I will post a link to a website or whatever when that’s available.