The shuffling was fast and furious leading up to Wednesday’s closing of candidates filing to to succeed Larry Pogemiller in the Minnesota Senate.
New, familiar names have joined he list of those DFLers who will be entered in the Dec. 6 primary for the District 59 seat:
Kari Dziedzic, daughter of longtime Minneapolis City Council member and Park Board member Walt Dziedzic, is in. Paul Ostrow, former president of the Minneapolis City Council, also has filed.
The entrance of Dziedzic spelled an end to the very brief effort by Cordelia Pierson to enter the race. On Wednesday, Pierson, an environmental activist, announced she was in. But this morning, Pierson said she was out and is supporting Dziedzic.
Earlier, Peter Wagenius, aide to Mayor R.T. Rybak and the son of longtime state Rep. Jean Wagenius, entered the race. Jacob Frey, active in progressive causes, was the first to enter after Pogemiller announcing he was stepping out of the seat he has held since 1982.
Other DFLers who have filed: Alicia Frosch and Mohamud Noor.
Republican Ben Schwanke also has filed to run for the seat.
DFL Rep. Diane Loeffler initially had been reported as a likely candidate, but Loeffler quickly backed off that position.
The special election has been scheduled for Jan. 10.