Republicans endorse Tracy Nelson for House District 42B seat

Little Canada’s Tracy Nelson is the Republican Party-endorsed candidate for the open Minnesota House District 42B seat.

House District 42B Republicans endorsed Nelson at their April 2 convention. The legislative district includes Gem Lake, Little Canada, Vadnais Heights and sections of Roseville and Shoreview.

Nelson, 45, has lived in Little Canada for 11 years and is originally from the East Side of St. Paul, where she maintains strong community ties. 

Nelson is a former president of the St. Paul East Side Lions Club and sits on the board of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company. She touts her work with the Lions, which she said helped bring about the return of the Harvest Festival parade on Payne Avenue three years ago.

“I decided it was time,” Nelson said of her decision to run for elected office for the first time. “We’ve had a ‘Blue’ [DFL-controlled] district long enough, and we need a fresh face with new perspectives.”

A real estate broker since the mid-1990s, Nelson said she opened her own brokerage, Real Estate Parkway, in 2008, in order to be better able to care for her mother. She is the mother of three grown children and has one grandchild.

“My main focus is going to be fiscal responsibility and where those dollars go,” Nelson said of her legislative priorities. She said state lawmakers need to give a hard look to this legislative session’s bonding bill. “There’s some things that just need to be weeded out and worked on.”

Nelson said her other priorities include “anything that has to do with promoting my family and other families of all kinds,” as well as clearing the way for more school options and parental choice with respect to schools.

“There’s too much government in many of those choices,” Nelson said, adding, “There’s so much work to be done it’s hard for me to be specific.”

Self-described as a “people person” — Nelson said “I love everybody” — she said she plans to put her skills to use in the House.

“I’m a representative and organizer by trade and in my volunteer life,” Nelson said. “This next step up, in government, seems to make perfect sense.”

“I’m really looking forward to connecting with people ... just hearing what their opinions are,” she added. “I think that there are commonalities across the board; we all want something good at the end of the day.”

The House District 42B seat is open because current DFL Rep. Jason Isaacson opted to run for the Senate seat being vacated by District 42 Sen. Bev Scalze, a Little Canada DFLer. Scalze is retiring from the Legislature.

Roseville’s Jamie Becker-Finn is the DFL-endorsed candidate for District 42B.


Mike Munzenrider can be reached at or 651-748-7813. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.


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