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State Senate District 59 and Representative District 61B Special Election

Special Election Results

Special Primary Results

Special Elections Scheduled. The Senate District 59 vacancy was created when State Senator Lawrence J. Pogemiller was appointed by Governor Dayton to be the Director of the Office of Higher Education. Candidates on the ballot in Senate District 59 are: Kari Dziedzic (DFL) and Ben Schwanke (Republican). The vacancy in House District 61B was created when Representative Jeff Hayden was elected and sworn in to serve as the Senator for District 61. Candidates on the ballot in House District 61B are: Susan Allen (DFL) and Nathan Blumenshine (Respect).

Pogemiller appointment Press Release
Writ of Special Election District 59
House District 59 Map

House District 61B Special Election News Release
Writ of Special Election District 61B 
House District 61B Map

Important Dates
  - District 61B Candidate Filing Period: October 27, 2011 to November 2, 2011 (until 5:00 pm)
  - District 59 Candidate Filing Period: October 31, 2011 to November 2, 2011 (until 5:00 pm)
  - Withdrawal Period: ends November 3, 2011 (at 5:00 pm)
  - Special Primary:  December 6, 2011
  - Special Election: January 10, 2012

Petitions for minor party and independent candidates:
  - Sample Combined Nominating and Filing Fee Petition District 59 District 61B
  - Sample Petition in Place of Filing Fee District 59 District 61B
See the Petitions page for more information about petition form and signatures

Candidates filed as of 11:00 a.m. November 8, 2011

Senate District 59

Date Filed Name Party/Principle
10/31/2011 Peter Wagenius          DFL
10/31/2011 Jacob Frey DFL
11/1/2011 (withdrawn 11/3) Cordelia Pierson DFL
11/2/2011 Alicia Frosch DFL
11/2/2011 Ben Schwanke Republican
11/2/2011 Mohamud Noor DFL
11/2/2011 Paul Ostrow DFL
11/2/2011 Kari Dziedzic DFL

House District 61B

Date Filed Name Party/Principle
10/27/2011                  Susan Allen      DFL
10/28/2011 Josh Bassais DFL
10/31/2011 Nelson Inz DFL
11/1/2011 Paul Dennis DFL
11/2/2011 Nathan Blumenshine    Respect

Last updated: 4/30/2013 4:32:47 PM