Esther Agbaje announced her candidacy to serve as state representative for House District 59B.
The seat is currently held by Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL).
Agbaje, a civil litigation and medical malpractice attorney, said she is running to be an advocate in the House for safe and affordable housing, public transportation and environmental justice.
“As our representative in the State House, I will ask the tough questions and pursue inclusive solutions such as, ‘How do we protect our vulnerable and make sure that every person in our shared community can live a full life in Minnesota,’” said Agbaje. “Our district has witnessed tremendous growth, one negative consequence of which, however, is rising rents and housing costs. As a renter, and as a legal volunteer with Volunteer Lawyers Network’s Housing Court Project, I know the impact of rising rents on our community. To build healthy and sustainable communities, the state must be a better partner to cities and counties to promote inclusive growth that does not displace people and families.”
Born in St. Paul, and raised in Brainerd and Faribault, Agbaje has a B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University and an M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. State Department while based in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Agbaje is an associate with Ciresi Conlin, LLP.
House District 59B covers the lower portion of North Minneapolis, south of West Broadway Avenue, the North Loop and most of downtown Minneapolis.