Melisa Franzen, Target attorney, challenging Geoff Michel for Edina Senate seat

Target attorney Melisa Franzen is seeking the DFL endorsement to challenge former GOP Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel for his Edina Senate seat.

Michel was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and rose all the way to Deputy Majority Leader until the sex-scandaled leadership of Amy Koch. But in the wake of Koch's resignation amid rumors of an affair with former staffer Michael Brodkorb, it came to light that Michel had lied about the timeline of events surrounding Koch's resignation.

The Edina district historically swings between DFL and GOP, but Michel beat his DFL challenger by more than 10 percentage points in 2010. We'll see what impact the Koch scandal and the MNGOP's recent struggles have on Michel's reelection prospects come November.

In a press release, Franzen said:

Michel was the Senate GOP's second-in-command, but lost that position when Amy Koch resigned.
Michel was the Senate GOP's second-in-command, but lost that position when Amy Koch resigned.
Our state is paralyzed by partisan politics. I plan to reintroduce the idea of compromise to advance the collective well-being of our district and State. By working together, we can streamline our State's policies to find common ground on taxes and regulations to create a stronger business community in Minnesota.

The release goes on to note that Franzen is particularly concerned about the complexity of Minnesota's tax and regulatory environment, cuts to education, and the rising number of Minnesotans without health insurance.

Franzen has lived in Edina with her husband Nathan for more than five years. A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, she also has a master's in public policy from the University of Minnesota. She currently works as an employee and labor relations attorney for Target.

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