DFL candidate Mohamud Noor has won the backing of TakeAction Minnesota as he heads into a five-way DFL special primary election on Tuesday in Minneapolis’ Senate District 59.
At a candidate screening Thursday evening, Noor won the backing of the liberal advocacy group with 62 percent of the vote on the second ballot, beating the four other DFLers in the race. Hennepin County staffer Kari Dziedzic, mayoral aide Peter Wagenius, former City Councilman Paul Ostrow and attorney Jacob Frey are also running in the DFL primary.
Noor, a former state healthcare worker, is vying to replace DFL Sen. Larry Pogemiller, who left the chamber to lead the Office of Higher Education in Gov. Mark Dayton‘s administration. The northeast Minneapolis district covers much of the University of Minnesota campus.
The special general election is set for January 10.