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State Sen. Higgins gets DFL endorsement for Hennepin County Board seat

State Sen. Linda Higgins, who’s stepping down from the Legislature, got DFL endorsement for a Hennepin County Board seat on Saturday.

State Sen. Linda Higgins, who announced last year that she wouldn’t seek re-election to the Legislature, now wants a spot on the Hennepin County Board and got the DFL endorsement for that bid on Saturday.

Higgins had first been elected to the state Senate from Minneapolis in 1996 and was re-elected four times. In November, she said she was stepping down, but when County Commissioner Mark Stenglein announced in February that he was leaving the board, Higgins got into the race.

Higgins was a majority whip and committee chair when DFLers controlled the state Senate.

It took two convention ballots Saturday for Higgins to get the 60 percent needed for endorsement; she was a few votes short on the first ballot, competing with Minneapolis school board member Jill Davis and Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels.

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Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune said Samuels apparently plans to run in a primary, along with two other DFL candidates who skipped the convention: Tonia Johnson of north Minneapolis, a small-business owner and former aide to Commissioner Mark Stenglein, and Blong Yang of north Minneapolis, an attorney and Minneapolis Civil Rights Department investigator.