PLYMOUTH — Plymouth City Council member Alise McGregor is running for the Minnesota Senate.

McGregor announced March 11 she is seeking the Senate District 44 seat as a Republican. Republican incumbent Paul Anderson is not seeking re-election in the district that is said to be a swing district in the 2020 election.

Sen. Paul Anderson won't seek re-election for Senate District 44

“We need reasonable thinkers in public office, people who can solve problems,” McGregor said in a news release. “I have children and a family. I struggle with many of the same issues as my constituents. I’m a real person, and I want to bring a real-life perspective to the state Senate.”

McGregor has been a board member for the Plymouth Civic League since 2015 and has been a member of the Plymouth City Council since 2019.

“As a Plymouth City Council member, I know the responsibility of public office. The communities of Plymouth, Minnetonka and Woodland are great places to live — we have excellent schools, strong and innovative businesses and a high quality of life,” she said. “I’ll work tirelessly at the state Capitol to continue to improve our community and stand up for what’s right.”

McGregor moved to Plymouth nine years ago. She lives there with her husband, Luke, and two daughters, Franchessca and Victoria. Before opening Little Newtons, a child care facility in Plymouth, in 2009, she worked as a nurse for six years. She left her nursing career to focus on her growing child care business, the release said. She is also the author of the book “Creating Brilliance.”

“I’m a mother, nurse and business owner, and I know first-hand the challenges Minnesotans are facing raising families, navigating rising healthcare costs and achieving economic success,” said McGregor. “I want to be the voice that continually works toward the goals of all Minnesotans to make our state an even better place to live.”

McGregor’s website is

Ann Johnson Stewart, a newcomer to politics, announced in November 2019 that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate District 44 seat. Senate District 44 is said to be a swing district, and Democrats are hoping to flip the seat in the November election, especially in the wake of Anderson deciding not to seek re-election.

Ann Johnson Stewart announces run for Senate District 44 seat in 2020

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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