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McEwen announces reelection bid for state Senate seat representing much of Duluth

The district has undergone some changes in the new legislative maps unveiled last week.

Jen McEwen
Minnesota State Sen. Jen McEwen, DFL-Duluth

DULUTH — State Sen. Jen McEwen announced she will seek another term representing the district covering most of Duluth.

The DFLer launched her reelection bid Tuesday, citing a platform that includes universal healthcare, a transition to clean energy, environmental protections and reproductive rights.

“The longer we wait to build a clean-energy future that will sustain our regional economy, the greater the risk to the livelihoods of the people in our region,” McEwen said in a statement. “We’ve had some victories in my first term, such as fending off Republican attacks on Gov. Walz’s clean-car rule. We all know, however, that much more must be done.”

McEwen unseated incumbent DFL Sen. Erik Simonson in the 2020 primary and easily defeated Republican Donna Bergstrom in the general election. State senators generally enjoy four-year terms, except once a decade when redistricting occurs.

McEwen, 44, a Duluth attorney, is a founding member and co-chair of the Legislature's new Minnesota Health Plan Caucus and Reproductive Freedom Caucus. She also touted her work to secure state funding to reopen the shuttered West Duluth paper mill and replace lead service lines in the city and around the state.

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There are some changes in store for the 2022 election. New legislative maps unveiled last week have placed the area between the Kenwood neighborhood and Duluth International Airport back into the city's main Senate district, while removing the Fond du Lac neighborhood. Additionally, what was known as District 7 will now be District 8.

There did not appear to be any other candidates announced for the seat as of Tuesday. The official filing period runs from May 17-31.

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