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Roseville’s Becker-Finn wins House 42B seat
Isaacson takes over Senate seat
District 42B Representative-elect Jamie Becker-Finn said the wait was worth it on Election Night, awaiting results Nov. 9 with family, friends and fellow DFLers at Jimmy’s Food & Drink in Vadnais Heights.
“[We were] waiting a little bit longer than anticipated,” she said, noting her two children were asleep about an hour into the party, “but are obviously more than happy with how things turned out in 42B.”
Becker-Finn, 33, beat Republican-endorsed candidate and Little Canada resident Tracy Nelson 57 percent to 43 precent for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Jason Isaacson, who won the District 42 Senate seat.
District 42B is made up of Gem Lake, Little Canada and Vadnais Heights, along with parts of Roseville and Shoreview.
Winning the seat by more than 3,000 votes — she called it a “decisive margin” — Becker-Finn, a Roseville resident and an assistant Hennepin County attorney whose focus is on prosecuting domestic violence cases, said she felt confident going into the vote.
“We were pretty hopeful,” she said. “The last two weeks I’ve been spending pretty much around the clock reaching out to voters and in the last push up to Election Day probably, literally, knocked on 500 doors.”
She said district residents told her they were concerned with school funding and health insurance issues, feedback that she’ll take to heart. “I will also plan to be a strong voice on domestic violence and criminal justice,” she added.
With the House already firmly under Republican control and the Senate set to flip into GOP hands when newly-elected senators are seated next year, Becker-Finn said she’d been in contact with Isaacson, knowing they would have to work together as members of the minority party.
“We knew it would take both of us to get things passed for our district,” she said. “We know it’ll be a challenge but both Jason and I are up for it.”
Becker-Finn said the congratulatory text messages have poured in from her colleagues, including police and investigators, something she says is proof “it’s possible for us to work together.”
“I’m just very grateful to the voters in our district,” she said, “I think we have some smart voters who recognized that I have the experience and knowledge to get things done.”
Becker-Finn won 57 percent of the vote, 12,750 votes, to Nelson’s 43 percent, or 9,641 votes. Her two-year term begins next year.
Senate District 42
Isaacson, of Shoreview, won the seat of retiring DFL Sen. Bev Scalze in a slightly tighter race, besting Republican candidate Candy Sina with a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.
“It was a good night for me, but a very bitter night on another level,” Isaacson said of the election results.
“We lost the Senate and seats in the House, as well as the presidency itself — so that’s all tempered my enthusiasm for winning the seat,” he said, noting that those results will in essence change how he does his own job in the Senate.
“But, we have a lot of good messages going on,” he continued. “My message of bipartisanship and working together to solve our problems seems to resonate in our district a lot.”
Mike Munzenrider can be reached at email@example.com or 651-748-7813. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider. Jesse Poole contributed to this story.