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Clausen, Wills win races in District 57

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Rosemount residents already knew they would have new representation at the Minnesota Capitol next year. Going into Tuesday, it was just a matter of figuring out who those representatives would be.

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Late Tuesday night voters chose a Republican and a Democrat to do the job.

Democrat Greg Clausen, the former principal at Rosemount High School, won by nearly 3,000 votes in the race for Minnesota House in District 57 and Apple Valley resident Anna Wills, a Republican, won the House District 57B seat by more than 1,000 votes.

Clausen, beat Republican Pat Hall 18,705 to 16,057 while Wills beat Rosemount resident Jeff Wilfahrt 10,868 to 9,343.

There was no incumbent in either race. Current Senator Chris Gerlach announced his retirement from the legislature shortly before District 57 Republicans endorsed a candidate, forcing the committee to delay its decision. He later announced plans to run for Dakota County Commissioner.

Current Rep. Kurt Bills chose not to seek a second term in the interest of challenging U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Bills, a teacher at Rosemount High School, lost that race Tuesday.

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