Political analyst, New Brighton native, Sarah Janacek dies unexpectedly

New Brighton native and Irondale High School graduate Sarah Janecek, a veteran political pundit, died during a trip to Brazil on Jan. 12. She was 57. 

The unexpected death was confirmed by Janacek’s sister Karen Hoyt on Facebook. Janecek contracted an infection and passed in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. 

Janacek leaves behind a diverse legacy, working as a lawyer, lobbyist, activist, journalist and political campaign adviser. She was a regular on the KSTP-TV show “At issue with Tom Hauser” and wrote a political newsletter called “Politics in Minnesota.”


—Solomon Gustavo

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