District 3 covers St. Louis Park and parts of southwest Minneapolis. Dorfman announced in November that she will not seek re-election.
He was a union carpenter for
37 years, including 14 as a business representative.
Kelash was elected to represented southwest Minneapolis in the state Senate in 2008 and served through 2012, when redistricting put his home in the same district as Sen. Scott Dibble. Kelash opted to move and seek the DFL endorsement in the new Senate District 50 but lost in the primary to Sen. Melissa Halvorson Wiklund.
In his announcement, Kelash emphasized his support for an infrastructure strategy that attracts jobs with professional pay levels—along with providing inviting green spaces, affordable housing and accessible public transportation.
“My work as State Senator has prepared me for the transportation, housing, and economic issues that Hennepin County must address to maintain and improve the quality of life for our residents,” a release quoted Kelash. “And with State demographers expecting a substantial population growth in the Twin Cities over the next 40 years, we must seriously prepare the county to serve this infusion of new residents.”