Legislative incumbents in west central Minnesota face challenges in newly drawn districts

Minnesota legislative districts have been re-drawn, giving challengers and incumbents new grounds for campaigning.

Primary voting
Candidates have filed for state legislative offices. Voters will go to the polls in November in newly drawn districts. Voters at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar are shown in this West Central Tribune file photo.
West Central Tribune file photo
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Voters will go to the polls in November to elect state legislators in districts that have been redrawn due to the latest census. Filings for state offices ended May 31.

Republicans in Senate District 15 will vote in an August primary to select a candidate for the general election. Incumbent Sen. Gary Dahms, R, Redwood Falls, is challenged on the Republican ticket by Larvita McFarquhar of Lynd. The winner will face DFL candidate Anita Gaul of Marshall in November.

Area filings include:

State Senate

Due to the 2020 census, redistricting was required for several Minnesota Senate districts. The updated district boundaries can be found online at

District 12


Torrey Westrom, R-Alexandria (i)

Kari Dorry, DFL-Ortonville

District 15

Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls (i)

Larvita McFarquhar, R-Lynd

Anita Gaul, DFL- Marshall

District 16

Andrew Lang, R-Olivia (i)


Fernando Alvarado, DFL-Willmar

State House

Due to the 2020 census, redistricting was required for several Minnesota House districts. The updated district boundaries can be found online at

District 12A

Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck (i)

Edie Barrett, DFL-Ortonville

District 15A

Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent (i)

Keith VanOverbeke, DFL-Marshall


District 16A

Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City (i)

Robert M. Wright, DFL-Hector

District 16B

Dave Baker, R-Willmar (i)

Fred Cogelow, DFL-Willmar

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