Cordelia Pierson is the third candidate to file for the seat being vacated by Sen. Larry Pogemiller. Pierson is currently executive director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, a nonprofit group that focuses on riverfront revitalization.
She previously spent more than a decade working for The Trust for Public Land and played a key role in the statewide campaign to adopt a half-cent sales tax to support environmental and cultural programs. She has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and has been active with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association.
Pierson has already nabbed one influential endorsement: Rep. Phyllis Kahn, who has represented House District 59B for nearly four decades, is supporting her candidacy.
The filing deadline for the seat is Wednesday. The primary is slated to be held on December 6. Two other DFL candidates — Jacob Frey and Peter Wagenius — are already in the contest. Pogemiller is resigning to serve as director of the state’s Office of Higher Education.