Crop of former Minn. lawmakers try for comeback 07 Jun 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Twenty former lawmakers are trying to get back to the Minnesota Legislature.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that a pivotal election this November is prompting mainly former Democratic legislators to attempt comebacks.

Republicans took over the entire Legislature in the last election, setting up fundamental clashes with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton that led to a 20-day government shutdown last year.

The list of former lawmakers seeking to return includes several Democrats who lost seats in 2010. Others are running after being out of legislative service longer.

Former Representative Brita Sailer, a Democrat from Park Rapids, says it has been frustrating to watch the Legislature from the outside since she was ousted in 2010. She’s now running for an open seat.

All 201 legislative seats will be on the ballot.