Carroll Wins House 42A Seat
Current Plymouth City Council member Ned Carroll defeated Kathy Burkett to win the House District 42A seat.
Carroll, the DFL candidate, won with 58.3 percent of the vote out of 18,144 ballots cast. Burkett, a Republican, finished with 41.7 percent.
A Plymouth resident of 28 years, Carroll has served on the city council since 2014. Carroll works as commercial litigation attorney and is a former assistant Hennepin County attorney.
House District 42A covers western Plymouth and one precinct in Maple Grove. The seat became open in 2020 following legislative redistricting.
The race was seen by political experts as a pivotal one in an area that has tilted purple as opposed to a reliable Republican or DFL district.
“The best calculation is we are probably down to only 10 seats out of only 134 that are really going to determine the control of the state legislature,” said David Schultz, a political science professor with both Hamline University and the University of Minnesota.
In the Minnesota House, Republicans must win four seats to gain control.