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Ag policy Chair Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, announced today that she won't seek an eighth term representing District 11B.

Otremba won’t seek eighth House term

Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba

Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba

State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, announced today that she won’t seek an eighth term representing District 11B.

Otremba is chair of the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs policy committee.

A conservative Democrat, she reliably voted pro-life and voted against some tax increase proposals.

Otremba was elected in a special election in 1997 to replace her late husband Ken, who died of liver cancer.

In a press release, she said she looks forward to spending more time with her family, including her two grandchildren.

Amy Hunter has filed as a DFLer to succeed Otremba. So far, no Republicans have filed for office in 11B since the two-week filing period started Tuesday.

Otremba was usually re-elected by wide margins. However, her advantage over Republican challenger Dave Kirchner in 2008 narrowed to 5 percent. In the same year in 11B, former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman beat current Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken by 14 percent. Barack Obama lost the district to GOP presidential nominee John McCain by nearly 12 percent.


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