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Holberg Will Seek Re-Election in Lakeville's New House District

In email to supporters, State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-District 36A), said she'll be running for re-election, but not in the newly drawn district she slated to run in.

, Lakeville's State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-District 36A) was faced with a decision. Stay or move.

Her current district—36A—was slid to the west and north and renamed 56B. It also meant if she stayed in that district, she'd represent a bunch of Burnsville and very little of Lakeville, her hometown.

, the bulk of Lakeville, and Holberg's old territory, was left inside a new district called 58A. It's part of State Sen. Dave Thompson's (R-District 36) new district and most importantly, it's a district that is vacant.

In an email, Holberg, the current House Ways and Means Committee chair, cleared up any confusion over what she intends to do. She's Lakeville's representative. She's going to move.

"I grew up here and we raised our family in Lakeville," she wrote in the email. "I have decided to seek the endorsement of the Republican Party to be the candidate in House District 58A (in) Lakeville.”

Holberg said it wasn't an easy decision, and that Burnsville has a lot to offer, but in the end, it's not Lakeville.

“As I pondered the map, it was very hard to know that so many good friends would be split up by lines on a map. It has been a difficult process with no easy answers," she wrote.

Holberg currently lives in the northwest corner of Lakeville. The district she's leaving—56B—includes the Lakeville addresses west of Interstate 35 and south to 185th Street West, along with a small chunk to the east of Interstate 35, including the Argonne and Crystal Lake neighborhoods.

If she runs for election in 58A and wins, Holberg will be forced to move her home into the new district per state residency requirements.

will have more as the story develops.

ABSG March 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I appreciate all that Liz has done - I have agreed and disagreed with some of the issues, but we as a nation we need to enact TERM LIMITS for ALL elected positions. I am tired of seeing the same people year after year in these positions. We need people that realize and carry out that they were elected to fight for the needs/wants of the Majority. Many of the current elected officials are way to caught up in their own personal feelings, thoughts, want and needs. They campaign to do what you or I wish for, but quickly it becomes a peronsal "I THINK" and "I FEEL".....tired of it all. TERM LIMITS. Liz - thank you for the job you have done, but it's time for you and others that have had their opportunity to serve to step aside and let others have their opportunity.
Jeff Fecke March 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
This makes sense for Holberg. All her ties are in Lakeville, and 58A is a lot redder than 56B. It is kind of bad news for the GOP though; Will Morgan is much more likely to win an open 56B than to beat Holberg, and 58A was going to go to whatever Republican ran there.

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