Governor Mark Dayton has called special elections for two open Minnesota Senate seats.
Dayton called special elections for the senate seats in Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis. The general election will be held on October 18. The party primaries, if needed, are scheduled for September 13.
The seat in Brooklyn Park was vacated when DFL Senator Linda Scheid passed away in June after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
The Minneapolis seat will be vacated on August 15. DFL Senator Linda Berglin announced earlier this week that she’s retiring from the Minnesota Senate on August 15th to take a job with Hennepin County. She is the longest serving woman senator in state history.
Both Senate Districts have been held by Democrats for decades. Republicans currently hold a seven seat majority in the Minnesota Senate.
Candidates can start filing for the elections between July 27 and August 3.