Two special elections were held yesterday. In Senate District 46, the special election was held due to the passing of state Senator Linda Scheid who represented the district for the past 15 years. The DFL endorsed candidate Chris Eaton won easily with almost 62% of the vote. Eaton is a registered nurse working in the mental health field. She is also endorsed by labor, Education Minnesota and the Minnesota Nurses Association. She is married to Tim Willson, the Mayor of Brooklyn Center.
In Senate District 61, current state Representative Jeff Hayden will replace Linda Berglin who retired after over 30 years representing the district to take a position with Hennepin County. Hayden received nearly 70% of the vote. Hayden wants to work for, "…a fair tax system, better schools and single-payer health care." A special election will now been called for Hayden's House seat in 61B.
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