State Senator Karla Bigham announced on Monday she will run for the Washington County Board of Commissioners this November, and will not seek re-election to the Minnesota Senate, where she has represented communities in Washington and Dakota Counties for the past five years. In deciding to run for the Washington County Board, Bigham said, “I have enjoyed my service in the Minnesota State Senate. My heart and soul is in service to South Washington County. My passion for public service is motivated by working on issues that impact the communities I know best, including my hometown of Cottage Grove. As a Washington County Commissioner, I intend to continue advocating for clean water, workforce development, mental health services, chemical health programs, and infrastructure that serves the needs of our growing communities. It’s been an honor to serve in the state legislature, and I will work hard to earn voters’ trust to serve on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.” Bigham was elected in 2018 to the Minnesota Senate, having previously served as a Washington County Commissioner, two terms in the Minnesota House, and as a member of the Cottage Grove City Council.