Another DFLer forced out by the Republican wave election in 2010 will look to return to the Legislature this fall.
Former Rep. Julie Bunn, who lost her re-election bid in the suburban, politically volatile House District 56A last fall by 5 percentage points, will run for the Senate this fall, plotting a bid in the new Senate District 39.
The redrawn legislative maps, and the new Senate District 39, means Bunn will likely face GOP Sen. Ray Vandeveer in her bid to return to the Capitol.
Bunn, a policy analyst and economist, was first elected to the House in 2006 and served two terms. She was unseated by GOP Rep. Kathy Lohmer as part of a GOP takeover of the suburban Senate District 56 that saw Republicans sweep both House seats and the Senate seat in what proved to be a crucial political battleground.
Bunn, while looking to run in the same vicinity she represented for two terms, will face a different district and a long-time incumbent in Vandeveer, who was first elected to the House in 1998 and has been in the Senate since 2006.
Bunn secured the new Senate District 39 DFL’s endorsement earlier this month.