Melisa Franzen wins Senate District 49

Senate District 49

DFL candidates won the Senate seat and both House seats in the district.

Target attorney Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, won the Senate District 49 seat in a race against two-term Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina.  The Senate race was incumbent-free after Sen. Geoff Michel decided not to run for re-election.

Franzen said she’s excited and humbled to represent the district at the Capitol.

“I’m so excited to have gained voters’ trust,” she said, adding that she plans to work hard to keep that trust.

She said she’s eager to get to work. The campaign has been a long journey filled with inspiring moments with the constituents.

Heading into the new legislative session, her focus will be to bring the district together. Throughout the campaign, the district was targeted by outside groups for negative advertising and the district needs to come together, she said.

She said she plans to bridge the negative tone at the Legislature and work on initiatives such as jobs and having a stable economy in the state.

Senate District 50

Voters appear to have selected Melissa Halvorson Wiklund to represent the newly formed Senate District 50, serving the southern and western parts of Richfield and the western two-thirds of Bloomington. With 21 of 26 precincts reporting she led Republican Vern Wilcox by about 26 percentage points, according to unofficial results. The chairperson of the Bloomington School Board beat out the Bloomington City Council member by taking 61 percent of the vote.

Senate District 63

The new lines are also resulting in a new face representing Richfield residents. Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (D-Minneapolis) beat Republican Patrick Marron 4,481 votes to 2,036 for the Senate District 63 seat. She has served in the Senate since 2006.