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Republican incumbents prevail in Senate District 39, House District 39B
State Sen. Karin Housley and state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, both Republicans, will continue to represent their constituents after being re-elected for another term.
Housley won 61.29 percent of the State Senate District 39 votes. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Sten Hakanson won 38.6 percent of the district’s votes, and write-in votes accounted for .11 percent.
Senate District 39 is made up of part or all of Bayport, Baytown, Forest Lake, Franconia, Grant, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach, Marine on the St. Croix, May, Oak Park Heights, Pine Springs, Scandia, Shafer, Stillwater, St. Mary’s Point and West Lakeland.
Housley, 52, is the owner of Karin Housley Homes at Keller Williams Realty and lives in St. Mary’s Point. This will be her second term, and last session she served on four committees: Commerce, E-12 Budget Division, Education, and State and Local Government.
In a pre-election questionnaire Housley said that upon re-election she plans to prioritize quality education and the affordability of post-high school education.
Lohmer, 62, will serve her fourth term this session after being re-elected with 59.02 percent of the district votes. Her DFL opponent, Alan Kantrud, received 40.92 percent of the votes and .06 percent of the votes were write-ins.
House District 39B includes Lake Elmo, West Lakeland Township, Lakeland, Lake St. Croix Beach, St. Mary’s Point, Grant, Oak Park Heights and the eastern section of Stillwater.
Lohmer, who lives in Stillwater, said in a pre-election questionnaire that she is responsive to constituent needs and has worked across the aisle to get things done. She added that after re-election she will continue her efforts to stop taxing Minnesotans’ Social Security benefits.
Last session, Lohmer served on the following committees: Civil Law and Data Practices, Health and Human Services Finance, Health and Human Services Reform, and Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance.
Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.