by Joni Astrup
Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican representative from Big Lake, has been elected to an open seat in the Minnesota Sentate.
She beat DFLer Paul Perovich 25,177 (62 percent) to 15,103 (37 percent).
Kiffmeyer said she’s grateful to the voters for their support and looks forward to serving.
A registered nurse and small business owner, Kiffmeyer was Minnesota’s secretary of state from 1999–2006. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008.
Senate District 30 was created earlier this year as the result of redistricting, which is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented. Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the census.
There is no incumbent senator in the new District 30.
Pervovich, of Big Lake, grew up in Anoka and graduated from Anoka High School in 1976.
He joined the Minnesota National Guard unit in Anoka the fall of his senior year and served in the military for the next 22 years. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and retired in 1997.
Before that he was hired by American Airlines in 1991, where he flew as a first officer on Boeing 757s, 767s and 777s. He flew the Boeing 727 as a captain and retired from the airline in January 2010.