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Speculation grows that Sen. Berglin won’t run again

DFL State Sen. Linda Berglin has scheduled an 11 a.m. announcement, following speculation from many, including political commentator Blois Olson, who notes in his Morning Take newsletter, that she  might not seek re-election:

There is something of a political earthquake brewing in SD61. Local activists are starting to make plans as though veteran lawmaker Sen. Linda Berglin is planning to announce soon, maybe even this week, that she will not run again. Internal Senate sources say Berglin has been contemplating the decision since last November and her new position with Hennepin County likely gives her the opportunity to move on from the legislature. WHO: One name emerging to run for her seat is Rep. Jeff Hayden. Hayden was first elected to the House in 2008.

Berglin, who is soon starting a new job as a Hennepin County health policy program manager, was first elected to the state House in 1972 and has been in the state Senate since winning her first election in 1980.

She’s been a top architect of the state’s health and human services policies, particularly when the DFL controlled the Senate during nearly all of her career.

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