Major party candidates set for District 42 House races

Rep. Randy Jessup

Kelly Moller

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn

Yele-Mis Yang

The House races in District 42 took shape in February, with the incumbents in districts 42A and 42B each seeking second terms, while the Republican and DFL parties endorsed their challengers.

Rep. Randy Jessup was endorsed the evening of Feb. 27 by District 42A Republicans at a well-attended convention held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mounds View.

“There was a good turnout — I was pleasantly surprised as it was more than I was anticipating,” Jessup said, noting there was also plenty of enthusiasm at the DFL 42A convention held days earlier.

Elected in 2016, Jessup, a Shoreview resident, ran for the 42A seat in 2014, losing to then-incumbent DFL Rep. Barb Yarusso by just 220 votes. Running again two years ago, he topped Yarusso by an even thinner margin: 125 votes.

District 42A DFLers endorsed Shoreview resident Kelly Moller to run against Jessup, picking her from a three-candidate field during their Feb. 24 convention at Mounds View High School.

Moller is an assistant Hennepin County attorney and works as a prosecutor focusing on felony-level appeals. 

According to a statement, Moller “was motivated to run for office as a result of the 2016 election and to represent people in the community whose voices are not currently being heard at the state Capitol.”

Moller supports high-quality education, science-based environmental policy, public safety and improvements to the transportation network in the north metro, her statement said. Moller’s husband works at Boston Scientific and they have two children who attend Mounds View Public Schools.

House District 42A is made up of Arden Hills, Mounds View, Shoreview and part of Spring Lake Park.



Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn announced she was running for re-election Feb. 1.

A Roseville resident, Becker-Finn has recently made headlines as, according to the release announcing her re-election bid, “a leader addressing the systematic problem of sexual harassment at the Capitol.”

The DFLer handily won her seat in 2016 with 57 percent of the vote.

42B Republicans endorsed Yele-Mis Yang to run against Becker-Finn during their Feb. 24 convention at the Shoreview Library.

Yang is youth pastor at Immanuel Assembly of God, a Hmong Christian church in St. Paul.

“Like the rest of the Hmong community, I am grateful for the gift of a second chance that Minnesota and America have given to us,” he said in a statement put out by 42B Republicans. “I will work to further the prosperity and preserve the freedoms of our new home. We must make sure that future generations will experience the American Dream — that tomorrow will be better.”

A Vadnais Heights resident, Yang and his wife have two children ages 6 and 3.

District 42B is made up of Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Gem Lake and parts of Roseville and Shoreview.

Election day is Nov. 6.


— Mike Munzenrider

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