3 Republican challengers drop out of Dist. 11 race, pave way for Rarick

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There will be no primary election on the Republican side of the special election for the District 11 seat in the Minnesota State Senate, after three Republican candidates dropped out of the race in order to support the party’s nominee.

Jason Rarick received the Republican party nomination Tuesday night.

Following that news, Republican candidates Justin Krych, Carl Pederson, and Matthias Shir all withdrew their candidacy Wednesday.

Rarick will now advance to the special election on February 5.

He will face the winner of a special primary between democrats Michelle Lee and Stu Lourey. John “Sparky” Birrenbach is running with the Legal Marijuana Now party.

The democratic primary is set for January 22.

The District 11 seat was vacated when State Senator Tony Lourey was appointed to lead the state’s Department of Human Services.

District 11 represents Pine, Kanabec, and St. Louis County areas at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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Republican Justin Krych plans to drop out of the special election for Minnesota’s District 11 State Senate seat, hoping to pave the way for the man who received the Republican Party’s endorsement.

According to Krych, the Republican Party endorsed candidate Jason Rarick Tuesday night.

The two plan to hold a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon.

At Tuesday’s filing deadline, four Republicans had filed for candidacy. With Krych’s departure, a special primary will still be held on January 22 between candidates Rarick, Carl Peterson, and Matthias Shir.

Democrats Michelle Lee and Stu Lourey will also face each other in a special primary on January 22.

John “Sparky” Birrenbach is running with the Legal Marijuana Now party.

The winners from each party will move on to a special election on February 5.

The District 11 seat was vacated when State Senator Tony Lourey was appointed to lead the state’s Department of Human Services.

District 11 represents Pine, Kanabec, and St. Louis County areas at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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