Senate DFLers aim to win back a key suburban district previously represented by a Democrat after GOP retirement

State Sen. Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth, announced he will not seek reelection.

Minnesota DFLers on Friday immediately seized on the retirement announced by one-term state Senator Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth.

In their effort to win back the majority in the Senate, state Democrats are targeting a number of key Senate races, including Anderson’s. 

The Senate district, which encompasses the cities Plymouth, Minnetonka and Woodland, had been previously represented by former state Senator Terri Bonoff, who left her position to run for Congress against former U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen. 

DFL Party chairman Ken Martin said Anderson’s retirement “dramatically increases the odds of the DFL regaining” its majority in the upper legislative chamber. 

“The Minnesota DFL entered 2020 well-positioned to take back the State Senate thanks to the party’s strong fundraising and the widespread grassroots enthusiasm of DFLers across Minnesota,” Martin said in a statement. 

Other suburban races to watch this election cycle include new Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, who has drawn a GOP challenge from former Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens. State Sen. Matt Little, DFL-Lakeville, has also drawn a GOP challenger, real estate agent and Lakeville School Board member, Zach Duckworth.



Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.