Attorney Susan Allen won the blessing of south Minneapolis DFLers over the weekend as she aims to take newly-elected Sen. Jeff Hayden‘s seat in the state House.
Senate District 61 DFLers endorsed Allen after several ballots at their convention on Saturday. Allen beat out schoolteacher Nelson Inz and union leader Josh Bassais. She is hoping to replace Hayden in House District 61B after he won a special election to replace retiring Sen. Linda Berglin.
The endorsement significantly clears the way for Allen, as Bassais and Inz will likely not proceed to the primary, according to the MN Progressive Project. DFLer Paul Dennis is still in the mix, however, and activist Nate Blumenshine, who filed under the “respect party,” will head to the general election. No Republican filed to run for the seat.
Allen is a partner at firm Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan, specializing in tribal and government relations work. Allen has the support of a slew of local DFL politicos, including Minneapolis City Councilman Robert Lilligren, neighboring DFL Rep. Karen Clark and Wellstone Action! trainer Peggy Flanagan.
If elected, Allen will be the first female Native American legislator to serve in Minnesota, and one of only a handful to sit in the House and Senate chambers over the last several decades.