DFL races in Olmsted County

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(ABC 6 News) – It was a big Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for local DFL candidates at the Gray Duck Theater in Rochester.

DFL incumbent Tina Liebling defeated Republican candidate Katrina Pulham 56%-44% to represent State House District 24B.

Liebling says she’s excited for another term in the Minnesota House, but in a new district.

“60% of my district is new to me. So, I had a lot of new people to meet, a lot of new territory, a lot of new neighborhoods, and it was really wonderful. I’m very appreciative of the voters who have trusted me to represent them in the Minnesota House and I look forward to doing my absolute best in working hard to represent them again.”

In State House District 25A, DFL Kim Hicks defeated Republican Wendy Phillips, 55%-45%. Hicks says it’s amazing to represent the people of Rochester. “We ran a campaign that was about our values and that was making Minnesota better for people, and I know we can do that together and I’m committed to starting that work.”

In State House District 25B, DFL Andrew Smith defeated Republican John Joseph Robinson, 64%-36%. It was the first time Smith ran for office. Smith says, “I’m really excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work. It’s not going to be easy. It’s exciting to get to work and really help Minnesotans.”

In State Senate District 25, DFL Liz Boldon (59%) defeated Republican Ken Navitsky (39%), and GLC candidate Bill Rood (2%). Boldon says, “it’s been an honor to represent our community for the last two years in the House, and it’s been an honor to earn their trust and support to be able to continue to represent this district in the Senate.”

In State Senate District 24, DFL Aleta Borrud was defeated by incumbent Republican Carla Nelson, 58%-42%.

In State House District 24A, DFL Keith McLain was defeated by incumbent Republican Duane Quam, 64%-36%.

In State House District 20B, DFL Elise Diesslin was defeated by Republican Steven E. Jacob, 66%-34%.