Stu Lourey, Rarick say they’ll run for Senate seat

January 4, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The son of a Minnesota state senator appointed to incoming Gov. Tim Walz’s administration says he’ll run for his father’s seat.

Stu Lourey, who has worked as an aide to Sens. Al Franken and Tina Smith, declared his interest in the seat after his father Tony was named Human Services commissioner on Thursday. Both Loureys are Democrats.

If Stu Lourey captures the seat, he would follow not just his father but also his grandmother, former Sen. Becky Lourey, into the Legislature.

Rep. Jason Rarick, a Republican who already represents half of the district, also announced he will run for the seat. Rarick is in his third term.

Republicans have a two-seat edge in the Senate pending the Feb. 5 election.

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