Gov. Dayton has called a special election for Senate District 59. The seat was vacated today when Dayton appointed Sen. Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, to direct the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
The special election will be held on January 10, 2012. The special primary, if needed, will take place on December 6, 2011. The special election and a special primary in House District 61B, which was vacated when Rep. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, was elected to the Minnesota Senate, will take place on the days.
Jacob Frey, a DFL activist, has already announced that he intends to run to replace Pogemiller.
Both Senate District 59 and House District 61B are considered DFL strongholds.
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