Two area Republican lawmakers will see their careers end before the Nov. 6 general election ballots are printed under new political boundaries released by a state judicial panel Tuesday.
Unless they pack up and move their residences, freshman Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Elysian, would be matched in an Aug. 14 primary election against 10-year-veteran Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont.
And five-term Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, would be paired against two-term Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-St. James, on the same day.
Cornish said he will definitely be running this year, and DeKruif is strongly considering seeking a second term. Rosen and Torkelson didn’t return calls seeking comment.
“I’m not ready to retire, so I’ll find a way to run,” Cornish said.
DeKruif said he hasn’t spoken to Rosen about her plans but isn’t ruling out a primary election contest.
“I’m not sure if she’s going to run or not,” DeKruif said. “I believe in my abilities, I believe in my voting record, and I believe (Republicans) down there would believe I’ve been a pretty good senator.”
It could get even more complex, though, with both House and Senate seats up for election this year.
Cornish said he would consider running for the Senate against DeKruif if Rosen chose to retire, which would leave Torkelson unchallenged in a primary election.
Census to ensure that the state’s 67 Senate districts and 134 House districts each have essentially equal population.
Rural counties south and west of Mankato have seen stagnant or declining populations, which caused their legislative districts to expand in size to encompass the 39,600 residents needed for a House district — twice that number for a Senate district.