JoAnn Ward (DFL) will be representing House District 53A, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Ward beat challenger Pam Cunningham (GOP) with 11,932 votes (56 percent) while Cunningham received 9,269 votes (43 percent).
All 14 precincts reported their numbers just after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Below is a statement from Ward.
"I am thrilled and humbled by this election. I send wholehearted thanks to the voters for believing in me. I will serve the needs and concerns of all the people of south Maplewood, south Oakdale, Landfall and western Woodbury. I embarked on this campaign to bring a positive message to the voters: we must get past the gridlock and deliver results that solve basic economic problems. I pledge to be a positive leader in the House. I have built a career on getting things done by creating communities of inclusion and focusing on positive relationships and collaboration. I need all of you — whether you voted for me or not — to talk with me and work with me to build a state that works for all its people. We can get it done together!"