October 18 – Minnesota State Senate Districts 46 and 61
Two State Senate districts are holding special elections. Currently Republicans hold a 37-28 advantage with these two vacancies
Democrat Linda Scheid passed away earlier this year after representing this northwestern Twin Cities suburban district for 15 years.
The DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, which is the local flavor of the Democratic party) candidate is Chris Eaton, a registered nurse and union activist.
Republicans chose Cory Jensen.
The Independence party candidate is Tom Reynolds, who will appear on the general election ballot in October.
Six Democrats Jeff Hayden will be duking it out in the primary to face Republican Bruce Lundeen, Independence Party candidate Matt Brillhart and Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem in the general election. All of this is to replace Democrat Linda Berglin, who left the Senate to take a county health care policy position.
The DFL primary candidates for this Minneapolis district are:
State Representative Jeff Hayden (who was recently endorsed by the previous incumbent)
Sadik Warfa, a community organizer and tax auditor
Kristian Heuer, a local artist, designer and bike enthusiast
Elsa Batica, a Filipino-American advocate
Paulette Will, an employee at the Guthrie Theater
Kyle Wilson, a web developer and also a bike enthusiast