DFL delegates in St. Paul’s House District 64B endorsed Dave Pinto on Sunday to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Michael Paymar.
Five other candidates had sought the endorsement, but Pinto prevailed on the fourth ballot at St. Paul Central High School.
Paymar’s decision not to seek re-election a ninth term in the solidly DFL district brought out many strong candidates in the district, which includes Highland Park, Mac-Groveland and West Seventh Street.
Pinto, who’d run for Ramsey County attorney in 2010, received 61 percent of the endorsement votes in the fourth ballot, when only he and Greta Bergstrom remained in the running.
The other candidates were Melanie McMahon, Matt Freeman, Gloria Zaiger and Beth Fraser.
More about Pinto: He grew up in Falcon Heights, went to Roseville Area High School, got a degree in government from Harvard University and served in Congressman Bruce Vento’s office and in the Clinton White House. He obtained graduate degrees in law and management from the University of Virginia; served as a law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Diana E. Murphy; worked for the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; and joined the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.