Shoreview Republican announces run for District 42 Senate seat

Rep. Jason Isaacson
Rep. Jason Isaacson
Candy Sina
Candy Sina

After state Sen. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, announced last month that she would not be seeking reelection in the Minnesota Senate for District 42 this year, Rep. Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, announced that he would seek Scalze's spot.

Now another Shoreview resident has announced her candidacy for the same seat.

Republican Candy Sina, who has lived in Mounds View and Shoreview for a combined three decades, said in a Jan. 6 press release that she's seeking the seat with the goals of "restoring freedom and removing government control from the lives of families in suburban Ramsey County as much as possible."

Sina said she has spent most of her working career in healthcare, mainly in dentistry, and owns Healthcare Compliance Consulting, Inc.

In her press release, Sina said she has experienced "how detrimental excessive government regulations can be to the healthcare industry," saying that they impose great financial burdens on individuals and families.

"I'm running for the Senate because the politicians in St. Paul have lost track of what's important in people's lives — freedom, joy, contentment," Sina said in her release. "I'm no different from any other mother or grandmother trying to provide more hope for my children and grandchildren."

Sina, who graduated from Northwestern College with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1997 and is also a certified dental assistant, said her top priorities in the Senate would include putting K-12 education "back into the hands of the parents," and "preventing the surplus from being spent on more wasteful government programs and allowing citizens to choose healthcare that meets their needs and not have a government mandated program forced upon them."

Sina and her husband Dave have lived in Shoreview for 22 years and previously in Mounds View for 10 years. They have five grown children and 12 grandchildren.

"I've been urged to run by many current and former state legislators and have had an immense outpouring of support so far," Sina said.

District 42 is made up of Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, Mounds View, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and parts of Blaine, Roseville and Spring Lake Park.

DFLers lining up

Isaacson, a 44-year-old college instructor who currently represents District 42B in the Minnesota House, announced his bid for Scalze's Senate seat on Facebook Dec. 11.

"I believe our district's best days are ahead," he said in his statement to the Facebook community. "I look forward to organizing a strong campaign and uniting local business leaders, workers, students and community organizations around a shared vision for our future."

Isaacson is serving his second term and sits on the following committees: Higher Education Policy and Finance; Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance; Rules and Legislative Administration.

He studied political science at North Dakota State University and has a master's in communications from NDSU. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two children.

Isaacson's bid for the state Senate means his District 42B House seat will be an open in the November general election.

Former Roseville Area School Board member Kaying Thao of Little Canada announced Dec. 14 that she plans to seek the DFL Party endorsement to represent District 42B.

Elected to the school board in 2011, Thao chose not to seek reelection last fall.

Thao, a 37-year-old House DFL legislative staffer, thanked Isaacson for his service and said her top priorities if elected to the House of Representatives would be "economic security for working families, access to quality education, and building a sustainable transportation infrastructure for [the] district."

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