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Black Lives Matter leader plans to run for Minnesota House seat

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The leader of Black Lives Matter St. Paul kicked off his campaign for a seat in the state Legislature, challenging the only black member of the Minnesota House for her seat.

The Pioneer Press reports that Rashad Turner, 30, a lifelong St. Paul resident, will challenge Rep. Rena Moran next year. The DFL incumbent is in her third term representing Frogtown, Midway, Summit-University, and portions of the North End and Cathedral Hill in St Paul.

The Star Tribune's story said that Turner indicated that he thought not enough progress has been made in St. Paul’s communities of color during Rep. Moran's tenure.

Moran, 55, indicated that she will seek re-election next year. She is director of parent leadership at Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.

Moran told the Star Tribune that said a closer look at her record would have avoided the need to challenge her seat. She has sponsored bills that include one that directs funds to education initiatives aimed at targeting intergeneration poverty.

This is not Turner's first run at elective office; he ran a write-in campaign for St. Paul school board this year and was endorsed by the Green Party. Turner said he is leaning toward running as a Green Party candidate again. He is currently in graduate school and works as a Scholars Program coordinator at Century College.

Both candidates say their campaigns will also put on fundraisers next month.

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