Little Canada Sen. Bev Scalze will not seek reelection

Sen. Bev Scalze
Sen. Bev Scalze
Rep. Jason Isaacson
Rep. Jason Isaacson

Rep. Jason Isaacson announces MN Senate run

Sen. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, announced Dec. 9 that she will not seek reelection to the state Senate for District 42 in 2016.

“I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my family, especially my two granddaughters who live in Florida,” Scalze said in a statement. “I am also eager to focus more time and energy on my wildlife art.”

First elected to the Little Canada City Council in 1978, Scalze, 72, served on it for 24 years. She was elected to the Minnesota House in 2004 representing District 54B, before winning her Senate seat in 2012.

Scalze is a graduate of Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette and studied wildlife art at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. An accomplished painter, she is a past winner of the Minnesota DNR’s trout and salmon stamp competition.

According to the statement, the natural environment played an important role in Scalze’s legislative career, something borne out in her service as co-chair of the Legislative Water Commission. She also served as vice chair of the Capitol Investment Committee.

“As a co-author, I was so pleased when Minnesotans approved the 2008 Legacy Amendment,” Scalze said in the statement. “This was an important, lasting gift to give to our future generations.”

The statement also noted Scalze’s work on improving infrastructure in the district, including her work on moving the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills towards redevelopment and the new Rice Street bridge over Highway 36

“These developments have allowed the Northeast Metro to continue to grow and expanded opportunities for my community,” she said in the statement.

Scalze’s announcement comes nearly a month after another longtime DFL senator in a neighboring district also announced her retirement from the Legislature. District 41 Sen. Barb Goodwin said she would not seek reelection Nov. 12.

Rep. Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, who represents District 42B in the Minnesota House, announced Dec. 11 he would run for Senate District 42. Isaacson, a 44-year-old college instructor, was first elected to the House in 2012.

District 42 is made up of Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, Mounds View, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and parts of Blaine, Roseville and Spring Lake Park.

—Mike Munzenrider

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