Five DFL candidates are actively running in the special election to replace state Sen. Larry Pogemiller and will face off Dec. 6 in a party primary.
Only one Republican, Ben Schwanke, registered to run in the overwhelmingly DFL district, so he’ll advance directly to the Jan. 10 general election.
The district includes Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis, and the East and West Bank campuses of the U of M and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Pogemiller resigned last month to take a job in the Dayton administration as director of the Office of Higher Education.
In the DFL race, Peter Wagenius was endorsed this week by the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, which cited his “experience and dedicated advocacy on environmental issues.” His mother, Jean, is the longtime DFL House member from south Minneapolis.
DFLer Mohamud Noor has been endorsed by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. Noor also is supported by Stonewall DFL, the party’s LGBT caucus.