Sen. John Marty, DFL- Roseville, said today (Friday) he is seeking re-election to the Minnesota Senate in newly-drawn District 66—even though that means running against one of his Democratic friends.
In press release, Marty said, “I am proud of my bold leadership for Minnesota – from successful government ethics and campaign finance reform, to passage of environmental protection and mental health legislation.” District 66 includes portions of Roseville and St. Paul, and all of Lauderdale and Falcon Heights.
Marty's decision comes after he pondered whether to go up against Sen. Mary Jo McGuire, a fellow DFLer. The location of Marty’s Lydia Avenue home means he will share the new District 66 with McGuire.
For Marty, the announced this week was unwelcome news. He said he and McGuire are colleagues and friends.
"It is very difficult. It is awkward," Marty told Roseville Patch about waging the DFL race against McGulire. But he said the two of them talked Friday afternoon and both decided they want to seek re-election.
Marty said he feels compelled to run again because of his agenda and seniority. Marty was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1986 and was the DFL candidate for governor in 1994.
Asked what he will do if doesn't get the DFL endorsement, Marty said he will abide by the convention's decision and won't run in a primary.
Meanwhile, McGuire is in her first term as a state senator but was elected several times to the state House. She could not be reached for immediate comment.
Marty said he has a reputation for consistently standing up to the most powerful lobbyists in Minnesota. Marty is former chair of both the Senate Environment Committee and the Senate Health Committee.
And through the years, he has been a vocal opponent of public subsidies for professional sports stadiums, most notably now the Minnesota Vikings stadium plans.
“I am honored by the support of the voters, and will work hard to earn their continued support and trust," Marty said in his statement. “I will continue to provide bold, ethical leadership to restore public trust in Government. As author of Minnesota's government ethics law, and campaign finance reform legislation, I walk the talk."
Marty reiterated that his campaign will not accept PAC money or campaign contributions from special interests. “I work for the public interest, not the special interests.”