East Side House incumbents easily win reelection

Statewide, GOP takes control

Incumbent Minnesota House legislators representing parts of the East Side, including District 67A and 67B, both won with nearly three-quarters of the vote.

Tim Mahoney and Sheldon Johnson’s overwhelming wins were not reflective of what happened statewide, especially in rural Minnesota where several DFL incumbents lost tight races to their Republican challengers.

The GOP gained control of the Minnesota House on Nov. 4, ousting at least 11 incumbent DFL representatives.

Mahoney’s District 67A includes parts of the Payne Phalen and Greater East Side neighborhoods on St. Paulís East Side. The area is roughly bound by Larpenteur Avenue to the north, Arcade and Payne avenues to the west, Minnehaha Avenue to the south, and McKnight Road to the east.

Minnesota’s District 67B includes parts of the Dayton’s Bluff, Battle Creek, and District 1 neighborhoods of St. Paul’s East Side.

District 67A

Tim Mahoney

Tim Mahoney

Sheldon Johnson

Sheldon Johnson

Tim Mahoney, DFL, who has held the position for 16 years, won with 72 percent of the vote. He was challenged by Andrew Livingston, a Republican.

Mahoney said his legislative priorities for his next term will include workforce training that gets people into living-wage jobs - “jobs that allow someone to earn enough to not have to work two or three jobs and still qualify for Government progams that helps with housing medical, or food.”

Mahoney said he would also like to focus on East Side small businesses and help them grow.

“The East Side will be better served in the long run with many small and midsize businesses than a few large employers,” he said.

District 67B

Sheldon Johnson, DFL, has served in the state House for 14 years and won with nearly 73 percent of the vote.

Johnson said his legislative priorities for his next term will include expanding opportunities for pre-school, freezing college tuition, investing in transportation strategies, funding youth intervention programs and expanding high-speed internet throughout the state.

Mahoney was challenged by John Quinn, a Republican who works full time as a technician at Rove Pest Control and advocated abolishing the MNsure system.

—Patick Larkin
 

 


 

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