DFL endorses Jamie Becker-Finn for House District 42B seat

Jamie Becker-Finn of Roseville is the DFL Party-endorsed candidate for the open Minnesota House District 42B seat.

House District 42B DFLers endorsed Becker-Finn at their April 9 convention. The legislative district includes Gem Lake, Little Canada, Vadnais Heights and sections of Roseville and Shoreview.

Becker-Finn, 33, has lived in Roseville for 11 years and is originally from northern Minnesota. 

She is an assistant Hennepin County attorney as a domestic violence prosecutor and sits on the Roseville Parks and Recreation Commission. Previously, she was a law clerk in Hennepin District Court and a legislative assistant for the House Tax Committee.

“I feel very well-prepared, ready to hit the ground running. I’m very energized after Saturday and looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community,” Becker-Finn said, referencing the April 9 convention where she was endorsed on the first ballot.

Becker-Finn is focused on a number of issues, including funding for pre-kindergarten programming, increasing access to mental health services, protecting water resources and protecting victims of domestic violence, while strengthening the system that deals with those who commit domestic violence.

“I work most closely in my current role with mental health and domestic violence, but we have a diverse community and a lot of issues,” she said, noting that she also plans to promote policies for working families and sustainable transportation.

A mother of two, Becker-Finn is married to Gabe Becker-Finn, who is the clinical director of a mental health treatment facility in St. Paul.

She said she would be a strong advocate for mental health issues, something she said the Legislature has lacked since former Roseville Rep. Mindy Greiling retired from the House.

“I have the experience of bringing people from different viewpoints together,” Becker-Finn said, referencing her work with various community advocates.

As for what she’d focus on if she lands in the House, Becker-Finn said the specifics are up in the air.

“By the time I would be there, it depends on what they accomplish this session,” she said, saying that she was keeping an eye on funding for early education and transportation.

“The thing that drives me is that we all do better when we do better,” Becker-Finn said, “to quote the late Sen. [Paul] Wellstone.”

The House District 42B seat is open because current DFL Rep. Jason Isaacson opted to run for the Senate seat being vacated by District 42 Sen. Bev Scalze. Scalze, a Little Canada DFLer, is retiring from the Legislature.

Tracy Nelson of Little Canada is the Republican-endorsed candidate for District 42B.

 

Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.

 

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