Erik Paulsen of Eden Prairie, the incumbent representative in the 3rd Congressional District, won re-election Tuesday by a wide margin, defeating DFL opponent Sharon Sund of Plymouth.
The 3rd Congressional District offered new and more diverse boundaries in 2012 when 58 percent of voters elected Erik Paulsen (R). Although the district is considered one of the most affluent in Minnesota because of its inclusion of Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Wayzata, it also offers a blue collar work ethic from cities like Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids and Bloomington, and a more rural perspective from places like Minnetrista, Maple Plain and Victoria.
The 3rd Congressional District election is between two candidates: incumbent Republican Erik Paulsen and Democrat Sharon Sund. The two candidates are running to fill the one U.S. Representative seat open in the Nov. 4 election.
Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) have introduced legislation to crack down on the sexual exploitation of children in the United States.
Redistricting brought minor change to Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. The district now includes all of Coon Rapids. Half of Edina was moved out; Chaska and Chanhassen were moved in. Most of western Hennepin County remains in this suburban, predominantly Republican district.
Coon Rapids residents had the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on all things political with U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen at his Congress on Your Corner event at Cub Foods on Northdale Boulevard July 2 and 3.