Eken & Marquart Successful in 2020 Election

Eken & Marquart Successful in 2020 Election

November 5, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/5/20)

St. Paul, MN — A couple of our local legislators will remain in office despite some early scares in the polls. District 4B Representative Paul Marquart and District 4 State Senator Kent Eken both were successful in defeating their respective Republican challengers on Tuesday night. The campaign process was certainly a bit different for all involved this year. Senator Eken says the pandemic made it extremely difficult to spend quality time meeting and greeting with the people of the district.

The 2021 Minnesota Legislative session is set to begin right after the new year on January 5th. Senator Eken says they will have a lot to work on, including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to fix the state’s budget deficit.

Representative Marquart was elected to his 11th term with a 5 point advantage over Brian Anderson. He spent election night taking in the results with his family rather than at a campaign headquarters like usual. Marquart thanks his family and the people of District 4 for their support once again.

District 4A, which serves the city of Moorhead, will have a new Representative this year with Ben Lien choosing not to run for reelection this year. DFL Candidate Heather Keeler defeated Republican Edwin Hahn with approximately 57% of the vote.