Peggy Flanagan to seek Ryan Winkler’s seat in House District 46A

Peggy Flanagan has moved quickly following State Rep. Ryan Winkler’s surprise announcement Thursday that he will resign from the Legislature because his family is moving to Europe.

Flanagan, a well-connected DFLer who is now executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, said she’ll run for the seat. She’s previously worked at Wellstone Action and Minnesotans United for All Families.

Flanagan, 35, lives in St. Louis Park, and says she’s a U of M grad and a citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe. She and her husband have a 2-year-old daughter.

Flanagan said in the statement announcing her run:

“My mom and I moved to St. Louis Park when I was a baby. As a single mother, she chose this community because of the opportunities that it provided for good public education, stable neighborhoods, and economic security, and she was right. My family and I settled in my hometown for the same reasons, and now I want to give back.”

Winkler announced Thursday that his wife has accepted a job in Belgium. He’ll leave the Legislature but keep his job here with Biothera, a Minnesota company with international operations. He’ll split his time between Minnesota and Belgium.

Gov. Dayton will call a special election for the seat, possibly in November to coincide with local elections.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Beth-Ann Bloom on 05/22/2015 - 11:59 am.

    A commitment to public service

    Even at at her relatively young age Ms Flanangan has a lots of experience in the public arena. Minnesotans would be fortunate should the good people of Golden Valley and St Louis Park send her to the legislature. She is a strong voice for justice and a coalition builder who already understands how the system works. As a parent and a vibrant voice for young people Peggy Flanagan will be an asset to the House of Representatives and the people of Minnesota.

  2. Submitted by Sandy Whitterstrom on 05/22/2015 - 03:21 pm.

    Concerned Swing Voter

    As a swing voter (I have supported both Ryan Winkler but also Peggy Leppik too. Both very different.) I like to see candidate’s who have a real and serious vested interest in OUR community. I seem to recall Mrs. Flanagan serving on the Minneapolis School Board as well as challenging Rep. Joe Mullery in North Minneapolis for a House seat. While I do not question her credential’s, I would rather support someone who is invested in our House district. If she had run and won in North Minneapolis over Rep. Mullery she would not be here running now would she?

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