You were probably not expecting to see an elections post from me at least until February, but as it happens, State House District 60A is having a special election due to the death of Rep. Diane Loeffler. The Special Primary election will be held on January 21st — and, just to be clear, that’s where the action is. Twelve people have filed to run for this seat. Eleven of them are DFLers. The remaining person running is from the Legal Marijuana Now party. The primary will be intense and competitive. I think it is quite likely that unless something very strange happens, whichever DFLer wins the primary will coast to victory in the general on February 4th.
I’m going to do a full writeup of the primary candidates later this month, but for now, having tracked down everyone’s website, I wanted to provide the list of candidates and where to find them online.
Here’s who’s running, with links to websites. If you have information on a website that I missed, please drop me a comment with the URL and I will edit.
Piyali Nath Dalal
Mohamed Issa Barre
Also, Marty Super of the Legal Marijuana Now party will be on the ballot facing whichever DFLer wins the primary. I have not found a website for him yet.
This is a state legislative election, and not a city election, so it will not be done instant-runoff style. You will get to pick one, and whoever gets the most votes wins.
Edited 1/12 to add: a candidate forum was held and everyone other than Mohamed Barre attended. You can view it on Facebook:
Part One, you probably want to skip about 20 minutes in to get to the actual forum. There are some sound issues early on but they got straightened out pretty quickly.
The local DFL also requested that the candidates all fill out a questionnaire with some detailed questions about their beliefs and policy ideas. Everyone other than Mohamed Barre completed the questionnaire, and you can find their answers on the Senate District 60 DFL site.
(Am I going to write about the Democratic presidential primary? Of course. But I’m waiting until after New Hampshire votes to write about it. Our primary — we have a primary this year! — will be held on Super Tuesday, March 3rd.)
By the way, my new book is NOW OUT. Catfishing on CatNet, which is a near-future young adult thriller, got stars from both Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. It is widely available at various local independent bookstores, and Uncle Hugo’s will let you order a signed copy. If you’re looking at this on December 12th, 13th, or 14th, you might find it useful to know that I’ll be doing an event (reading and then signing) at Dreamhaven Books, 2301 E. 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407, on Saturday, December 14th, 2-3 p.m. (If you’re seeing this after the 14th, you can probably also order a signed copy from Dreamhaven.)
Thank you! I wanted to ask if you were going to look into this one, but I know you’ve been busy with your new book.
I’m trying to research these people but there are so many candidates and so little time.
Jessica Intermill site:
Piyali Nath Dalal site:
Naomi, THANK YOU!!
I’m so glad I looped back around here for updates — the SD60 questionnaire is WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD (yup, I printed it … and attacked it with a highlighter).
I’m heading to a forum tonight to make my final decision between Sydney Jordan and Jessica Intermill, who are my winners from reading through every single questionnaire.
You are a treasure to this region.
Here’s a fresh video link from a second forum. This one seems to have captioning. It largely focused on neighborhood issues such as arts, but also on a few other things.
Hmmm — nevermind about the captions; clearly computer-auto-captioned. Maybe better than nothing at all, but … yeah. Probably not worth mentioning.