Kari Dziedzic wins DFL Senate primary, but Somali candidate Mohamud Noor makes strong showing

Kari Dziedzic celebrating her primary victory with her father Walt on Tuesday night.
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Kari Dziedzic celebrating her primary victory with her father Walt on Tuesday night.

Kari Dziedzic, sporting a familiar Minneapolis political name, won Tuesday’s DFL primary for the state Senate seat in Minneapolis vacated by longtime legislator Larry Pogemiller.

She narrowly defeated Somali candidate Mohamud Noor, who had a strong showing, particularly in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

With the DFL’s strong history of winning in Senate District 59, Dziedzic is expected to fare well in the Jan. 10 special election against Republican Ben Schwanke. She is the daughter of former Minneapolis City Council and Park Board member Walter Dziedzic.

In the five-way DFL primary, Noor finished, 6 points behind. He was hoping to become the first Somali native to win a seat in the Legislature.

Noor, who had very strong backing from the Somali community, garnered 95 percent of the votes in a precinct in the Cedar-Riverside area, where many from the African national now live. He also was endorsed by the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, Take Action Minnesota and Stonewall DFL, the party’s gay-rights caucus.

Dziedzic had 1,965 votes to Noor’s 1,626.

Also in the race were Peter  Wagenius, who finished third with 1,089 votes; Paul Ostrow, fourth with 792; and Jacob Frey, fifth, with 473. Alicia Frosch, who had withdrawn from the race but remained on the ballot, drew 36 votes.

In another legislative primary, in House District 61B, Susan Allen easily won the DFL primary in the race to replace Jeff Hayden, who’d won an earlier special election for an open state Senate seat. Allen will face independent Nathan Blumenshine in the Jan. 10 general election.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 12/07/2011 - 04:21 pm.

    In politics, there is no prize for second place.

    Well, sometimes there’s a cabinet position…

  2. Submitted by Dale Hoogeveen on 12/08/2011 - 09:16 am.

    With Dziedzic carrying less than 50% the outcome might well have been different in either those forms of elections where second and third choices were weighted in or those where less than 50% led to a run off.

    As close as Noor came, under those other systems second place he definitely still would have had a chance at a prize.

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