Susan Allen, an attorney of American Indian descent, has won the DFL endorsment for the open state House District 61B.
With that key endorsement and the support of many south Minneapolis politicians, it looks like she’s on track to become the first American Indian woman in the state Legislature.
She won the endorsement on the third ballot, and many feel that those challenging her for the endorsement, Nelson Inz and Josh Bassais, won’t run in a Dec. 6 primary.
The Jan. 10 special general election will fill the House seat of Jeff Hayden, who won an earlier special election to take the state Senate seat vacated by the retiring veteran legislator Linda Berglin.
On her Facebook page, Allen says:
I reflect the great diversity of our district, as a Native American woman and a member of the LGBT community, and hope to bring this important voice to the state capital to offer more balanced, representative contributions and input.