DFL Rep. Jeff Hayden is wasting no time. He announced he was running for DFL Sen. Linda Berglin’s Senate seat just three hours after Berglin officially announced that she was retiring on August 15th.
Hayden, who was elected to the House in 2008, says he hopes to continue Berglin’s legacy.
“Over the last few years I have been honored to work with Senator Berglin to combat the home foreclosure crisis, create new jobs, and expand access to quality, affordable health care access,” Hayden said in a news release. “We have made great strides, but huge challenges remain,” said Hayden. “I am excited to announce my candidacy today to run for the State Senate so we can continue fighting for a better Minnesota.”
Hayden is the first of what could be many Democrats to announce a run for the seat. Senate District 61 is considered a DFL stronghold. Governor Dayton has not declared when he will call a special election for Berglin’s seat.
You can read the full release from Hayden here.