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Former Rep. Erin Maye Quade to run for Senate, challenging DFL incumbent

By: - October 13, 2021 10:32 am

Former state Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, is running for the Minnesota Senate. Courtesy photo.

Former state representative and lieutenant governor candidate Erin Maye Quade is challenging a DFL incumbent for a Minnesota Senate seat. 

If elected, Maye Quade would be the first Black woman and first openly gay woman to serve in the Senate. She is currently advocacy director for Gender Justice, which focuses on reproductive rights and gender equity.

Maye Quade, 35, is challenging Sen. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, who is serving his third term. It is unclear if Clausen, 74, intends to run again. He did not immediately return a request for comment.

Maye Quade ran in 2018 as the endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor under former DFL-endorsed gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Erin Murphy of St. Paul. 

She said in an interview that the Legislature should lead on issues like systemic racism and climate change, as well as focus on effectively responding to the ongoing pandemic.

“This moment demands more than what we’ve been doing,” Maye Quade said. “It really does demand we have bold, visionary leaders.”

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Ricardo Lopez
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.

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