Democrats in Senate District 5 endorsed Hibbing legal clerk Carly Melin over the weekend in the race to replace former House Majority Leader Tony Sertich.
Melin beat out four others vying for the endorsement to replace Sertich in House District 5B, which he has represented for the last decade. He was recently appointed to serve as head of the Iron Range Resources Board (IRRB) in the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton.
All five DFLers will head to the primary election Tuesday, despite Melin’s endorsement from the local party. Also in the running: IRRB board member Shelley Robinson, Floodwood Mayor Jeff Kletscher, manufacturing union member and local DJ Raymond Lee Pierce Jr., and former House representative from the 1960s and 1970s, John Spanish.
The winner will face Republican Paul Jacobson, who ran against Sertich in the fall, and Independence Party candidate Cynthia Kafut-Hagen in the Feb. 15 general election.