Posted: 05/31/11 21:46
by Dave Mindeman
Here in the South Metro District 38 is essentially, Eagan, Minnesota. It takes in a small piece of Burnsville, but the vast majority of the district encompasses the city of Eagan.
This district is where Tim Pawlenty came from. It is his home district and it was ground zero in last year's battle for the legislature. In 2008, this district was represented by all Democrats -- Reps. Masin and Obermueller and Senator Jim Carlson.
In 2010, the entire district turned over. Republicans Anderson and Wardlow are the new representatives, and Sen. Ted Daley defeated Jim Carlson.
The vote totals were close and 2012 looks to be another tug of war.
Recently, the mayor of Eagan, Mike Maguire has set up a campaign committee as a Democrat. He seems to be sensing some dissatisfaction with the incumbents. Maguire is the type of candidate that state party officials like to recruit. A formerly non-partisan city official who has been a vote getter in the past.
But Maguire is not alone in wanting that seat. Former Senator Jim Carlson wants it back, too. Carlson has unfinished business at the Capitol and is ready to have another go at a campaign.
I'm not sure what is going to happen but here is what I know so far. I know OF Maguire....but Jim Carlson I really do know.
Senator Jim Carlson is a proven commodity. He stood with us on health care and transportation. And when others were letting the Governor slide by on the I-35 Bridge, Jim Carlson looked deeper and fought for answers.
Mike Maguire may be a fine candidate and if he can make a better case for his candidacy, then more power to him. But right now, other than being a successful Mayor of Eagan, Maguire is essentially an unknown commodity in progressive circles. He stood up for LGA in Minneapolis and St. Paul even though Eagan doesn't receive any of its own, but progressive credentials for Maguire are yet to be proven.
I hope things can be sorted out to everyone's satisfaction. Maybe Maguire would consider one of the Representative seats instead. Not many in the South Metro want an endorsement fight. But that's for future considerations.
This district will be on everybody's radar and until there is a compelling reason to make a change, Sen. Jim Carlson deserves his chance to take District 38's Senate seat back in 2012.