Democrat Tina Smith and Republican Karin Housley both first ran for elected office reluctantly, but quickly caught the political bug. That’s a good thing because whoever wins the race to finish the final two years of former Sen. Al Franken’s term will be spending a lot of time on the campaign trail. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith, who was his lieutenant governor, to Franken’s seat in January after the senator stepped down amid allegations of inappropriate behavior. The resignation led to a special election Nov. 6 and the seat will be on the ballot again in 2020. Both say they plan to run in 2020 if elected. RELATED: As Klobuchar’s star rises, Newberger hopes to spoil her hopes for third Senate term WHY GO TO WASHINGTON? Housley and Smith may not have always envisioned themselves in elected office, but both have worked hard to make their mark since getting there. Housley says she was motivated to run as a Republican after realizing the Democratic Party had moved away from her roots growing up in blue-collar South St. Paul. “The Democrat party of 1980 is not the Democrat party of 2018,” she said. “The Democrats have left their people and have gone… Read full this story
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