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Gov. Tim Walz sets Dec. 5 special election for open legislative seat

Planned Parenthood CEO Ruth Richardson resigned from the Legislature earlier this month

Gov. Tim Walz has called a Dec. 5 special election to fill a vacant Minnesota House seat in the southern suburbs.

A special primary election will be held on Nov. 16 for the House District 52B seat, which includes the cities of Eagan, Mendota Heights and Mendota. Candidates have from Wednesday until 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 to file to run for the seat with the Secretary of State's Office or the Dakota County auditor.

Former Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights, announced her resignation in early September to focus on her work as CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States. She was elected to a third term last fall not long after she was named the new leader of the state's largest abortion care provider.


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