February 11, 2018 05:51 PM
Days before the Legislative Session begins, two empty seats in Minnesota's Legislature will be filled through special elections.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. Monday to voters in Senate District 54 and House District 23B. Both seats were vacated late last year by lawmakers who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.
In southern Minnesota, House District 23B is up for grabs after Republican Tony Cornish resigned. Republican Jeremy Munson is facing off with Democrat Melissa Wagner. The winner will serve through the rest of the year left in the term.
In the southeast metro, Republican Denny McNamara, Democrat Karla Bigham and Libertarian Emily Mellingen are running in Senate District 54, where DFLer Dan Schoen resigned. McNamara and Bigham both have several years of experience in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Mellingen, a nurse for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, would be a newcomer at the Capitol.
The legislative session begins Feb. 20.
Updated: February 11, 2018 05:51 PM
Created: February 11, 2018 09:57 AM
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