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Carly Melin (’10) wins House seat in special election


Carly Melin, a graduate of the Hamline University School of Law in 2010, has claimed a seat in Minnesota House of Representative after defeating Republican Paul Jacobson and Independence Party Candidate Cynthia Kafut-Hagen in a special election on Feb. 15.  Her legislative district, 5B, covers Hibbing, Chisholm, Cotton, Meadowlands, Floodwood and townships just west of Duluth.

“We’re happy with the turnout and happy with the results,” Melin told the Duluth Herald Tuesday night. “I’m prepared to get to work right away.”

The special election was called in January by Gov. Mark Dayton when incumbent Tony Sertich of Chisholm resigned to become commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.  

After graduating from Hamline Law, in 2010, and becoming licensed to practice law, Carly returned to her hometown and accepted a position with the Minnesota State Judiciary on the Iron Range.  While in law school, Carly was active in student organizations, and chaired the Hamline Law Democrats. While studying at Hamline, Carly also spent a semester working for Sertich when he served as House Majority Leader.