Five new Republican candidates have stepped forward to challenge incumbents in the Minnesota Legislature in next year’s general election.
The new filings with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board bring the total number of challengers for state House seats to 37 iin 33 districts, 28 of them Republicans and nine DFLers. There are 30 challengers for Senate seats in 24 districts, 20 of them Republicans, eight DFL, one independent and one listed as “other.”
PIM and the St. Paul Capitol Report have been keeping track of legislative candidates who have registered campaign committees with the state in stories on Nov. 9, Oct. 15 and Aug. 24.
The newly registered GOP candidates are:
House District 8B: Republican Roger Crawford of Mora becomes the second challenger for the seat held by second-term incumbent Rep. Tim Faust, DFL-Hinckley. Republican Rudy Takala of Pine City registered earlier to challenge Faust.
House District 17B: Second-term incumbent Rep. Jeremy Kalin, DFL-North Branch, now has three Republicans hoping to unseat him: Sheldon Anderson and Russell Goudge of Wyoming and Jeremy Lindman of Lindstrom.
House District 41B: Patrick Mazorol of Bloomington has registered to run against first-term incumbent Rep. Paul Rosenthal, DFL-Edina.
House District 51B: Second-term Rep. Tom Tillberry, DFL-Fridley, is being challenged by Dale Helm of Fridley.
Senate District 57: Karen Housley of St. Marys Point hopes to unseat first-term Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-St. Paul.