In the Republican primary for the open Senate District 39 seat on Tuesday, Karin Housley defeated Eric Michael Langness of Forest Lake to move on to the November 6 general election ballot where she will meet DFL candidate Julie Bunn. Housley dominated the primary contest with 67.2 percent of the vote while Langness received 32.8 [...]
Neither Karin Housley nor Eric Langness on June 4 had any inkling of running for state Senate, but they found themselves filing as candidates in District 39 after frantic trips to the Capitol the very next day.
In a last-minute decision on Tuesday, June 5, State Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, has backed away from a reelection bid this fall in new Senate District 39.
The new Senate District 39 GOP last month completed its organizing convention in Mahtomedi. It endorsed Sen. Ray Vandeveer, Forest Lake and Rep. Bob Dettmer, Forest Lake and Rep. Kathy Lohmer, Lake Elmo, for reelection. The convention heard from senatorial and congressional candidates, elected congressional and state delegates, passed resolutions and elected new party officers. [...]