The Race Is On

By Kim Yang












The primaries are over, the fields are set and the race to November 6th begins. Several Hmong candidates made it through the primaries. They are:

Cindy Yang (DFL) – State Representative District 40B

District 40B includes Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.

Yele-Mis Yang (GOP) – State Representative District 42B

District 42B includes Roseville, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada and Gem Lake.

Tou Xiong (DFL) – State Representative District 53A

District 53A includes Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury.

Fue Lee (DFL) – State Representative District 59A

District 59A is part of Minneapolis along I94 between 20th Avenue N and 53 Avenue N.

Kaohly Her (DFL) – State Representative District 64A

District 64A is part of St. Paul along I94 along Summit and Grand Avenues to the south and west of Snelling Avenue between Summit Avenue and Como Avenue.

Jay Xiong (DFL) – State Representative District 67B

District 67B is part of St. Paul bordered by Minnehaha Avenue to the north, McKnight Avenue to the east and the Mississippi River to the south.

The players are also set for the other major electoral campaigns.


The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the state’s executive branch. Forty people have been governor of Minnesota, though historically there were also three governors of Minnesota Territory. Alexander Ramsey, the first territorial governor, also served as state governor several years later.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Jeff Johnson (GOP) and Tim Walz (DFL).

Attorney General

The Attorney General is the state’s chief legal officer and is an executive position elected by the voters for a four-year term. The Office of the Minnesota Attorney General represents and provides legal advice to over 100 agencies, boards, and commissions of the government of Minnesota.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Doug Wardlow (GOP) and Keith Ellison (DFL).

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota and files and certifies the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents. The Secretary of State registers a variety of business associations, including corporations, assumed business names, banks, insurance companies, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and limited partnerships.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are John Howe (GOP) and Steve Simon (DFL).

U.S. Senate

Elections to the United States Senate will be held November 6, 2018, with 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested in regular elections and two seats being contested in special elections. The winners will serve six-year terms from January 3, 2019, to January 3, 2025.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Jim Newberger (GOP) and Amy Klobuchar (DFL), also for the U.S. Senate Special Election Karin Housley (GOP) and Tina Smith (DFL).

U.S. House District 2

Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district covers the south Twin Cities metro area and contains all of Scott, Dakota, Goodhue, and Wabasha counties. It also contains part of northern and eastern Rice County including the city of Northfield, and southern Washington County including the city of Cottage Grove. Burnsville and Eagan are the largest cities in the district.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Jason Lewis (GOP) and Angie Craig (DFL).

U.S. House District 3

Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district encompasses the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west, and south of Minneapolis. With blue collar Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids to the north-east, middle-income Bloomington to the south, and higher-income Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Wayzata to the West with Champlin, it features a mixed characteristic. Republican Erik Paulsen currently represents the district in the U.S. House of Representatives, having been elected in 2008.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Erik Paulsen (GOP) and Dean Phillips (DFL).

U.S. House District 4

Minnesota’s 4th congressional district covers nearly all of Ramsey County, including all of St. Paul and most of its suburbs. It is currently represented by Betty McCollum, of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). The DFL has held the seat without interruption since 1949, and all but one term (1947-1949) since the merger of the Democratic and Farmer-Labor Parties.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Greg Ryan (GOP), and Betty McCollum (DFL).

U.S. House District 5

Minnesota’s 5th congressional district is a geographically small urban and suburban congressional district in Minnesota. It covers eastern Hennepin County, including the entire city of Minneapolis, along with parts of Anoka and Ramsey counties.*

Candidates for the 2018 election are Jennifer Zielinski (GOP), and Ilhan Omar (DFL).

No matter what happens, 2018 will be a banner year in Minnesota politics. Follow Hmong Times as we take a deeper look into some of the candidates and their thoughts on how they can positively impact the state of Minnesota and it’s people.

*Courtesy Wikipedia