WomenWinning endorses Susan Allen in House 61B race

With Tuesday’s election of DFL state Rep. Jeff Hayden to an open state Senate seat, the campaigning is already under way in earnest to fill his House seat.

Gov. Mark Dayton said today that there will be a special primary for the seat, if needed, on Dec. 6; the special election will be Jan. 10. That will give the winner time to prepare for the 2012 legislative session scheduled to begin Jan. 24.

WomenWinning, the progressive, pro-choice group that encourages women candidates, said today it is endorsing Susan Allen, an attorney, in the House race.

“Women Winning is thrilled to endorse Susan Allen and excited at the prospect of electing the first Native American woman ever to serve in the Minnesota House,” said a statement from Sarah Taylor-Nanista, executive director of Women Winning. “Susan has fought against discrimination due to her race, gender, and membership in the GLBT community, and we are confident her extensive experience and enduring spirit will serve the people of South Minneapolis and our state well.”

Also already in the DFL mix are Nelson Inz, who’s been active in party politics, and Josh Bassais, who works for the Minnesota Laborers Union.

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