Two more Republicans file for 1st Congressional District race

Two more Republicans have filed to run to represent Minnesota’s First Congressional District. 

Brad Finstad, a former state representative with New Ulm ties, has served as director for the Center of Rural Policy Development.  He was also appointed USDA Rural Development director under President Donald Trump. 

State Representative Jeremy Munson, from Lake Crystal, who won a 2018 special election, was elected for two consecutive full, two-year terms in 20218 and 2020.

Finstad and Munson are the third and fourth Republicans to announce their candidacies.  Bob Carney Jr and Ken Navitski filed last week. 

The only Democrat to file so far is Richard Painter, a former Republican, and ethics lawyer for then-President George W. Bush.

The special election to fill a seat left vacant when Congressman Jim Hagedorn died last month, is scheduled for August 9. A primary is set for May 24.

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