Mary Jo McGuire, a former DFL state Representative, is the latest candidate to file to run in Senate District 66. Gov. Dayton declared a special election in the district, which includes St. Paul and Falcon Heights, after he appointed DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson to chair the Public Utilities Commission.
McGuire served 14 years in the Minnesota House between 1989 and 2002. She is currently the Associate Director of the Learning Law and Democracy Foundation.
Teresa Patton has also filed to run for the seat. I'm trying to get more information on her background.
DFL Rep. John Lesch filed to fur for the seat on Friday.
Two DFLers have decided against running. DFL Rep. Alice Hausman says she's not running for the seat. Neither is Erica Schumacher, who works for the city of St. Paul. Both said last week that they were considering a run for the seat.
There will also be a Republican primary for the seat. Greg Copeland filed on Friday. He'll face Patricia O'Keefe.
The primary is scheduled for March 29th. The general election will be held on April 12th.