Wednesday, October 18, 2006

West suburban races in the news

The SD 43 race between Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) and Judy Johnson (R) was covered this week as a competitive one to watch this season. "Two candidates face off again for District 43 seat", by Jenna Ross in the Star Tribune summarizes the "rematch" of the November 2005 special election. "Both candidates said her [Bonoff's] record as state senator is key to this election," said the article. (Yep.)

The end of the article mentions the House race in 43B, between retired teacher and union local president John Benson (DFL) and Medtronic employee Dave Johnson (R).

Control of Legislature hinges on a few competitive races, Martiga Lohn (Associated Press) in the Brainerd Dispatch picks three House races, including the 42A race between Rep. Maria Ruud (DFL-Minnetonka) and Bill Cullen (R), and three Senate races, including the Bonoff-Johnson tilt in SD 43.

UPDATE: Jenna Ross (Star Tribune) also mentioned House District 33B (Lake Minnetonka area), the House and Senate races in SD 42 (Eden Prairie), and HD 43A. In the latter race, "Sarah Anderson, a Plymouth Planning Commission member and former aide to House Speaker Steve Sviggum, faces DFL-endorsed Sandy Hewitt, a Plymouth City Council member, for the seat vacated by Jeff Johnson, who is running for state attorney general.

Ross's Strib article said that Benson "thinks the district votes not according to party but according to candidate." Maybe this is why the west metro races are so competitive: a relatively large number of independent voters who are unaffiliated with any party.

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