Flanagan running unopposed for Winkler’s seat

Democrat Peggy Flanagan is facing no opposition in her bid to replace state Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.

Flanagan was the only candidate to file by yesterday’s deadline to run in the special election for Minnesota House District 46A. Winkler announced this month that he’s retiring from the Legislature. He’s moving to Belgium after his wife accepted a job with a hotel group there.

Flanagan has been racking up plenty of endorsements to run for the seat, which represents St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Plymouth and Medicine Lake.  She received endorsements from the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and from Winkler himself.

Flanagan, 35, is executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota. She lives in St. Louis Park and was active in lobbying the Minnesota Legislature to raise the minimum wage in 2013.

Flanagan also worked for several DFL politicians including the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and DFL Sen. Al Franken.

The special election will be held on Nov. 3. Since there are no other candidates running, no primary will be held.

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