A special election will be August 9th, with a special primary on May 24th if needed, for the U-S House seat formerly held by the late First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn. Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says possible Republican candidates in that GOP-leaning district include state senators Carla Nelson and Dave Senjem from Rochester, state Representative Jeremy Munson from Lake Crystal, and former state Representative Brad Finstad:
“There’s also the possibility of Jennifer Carnahan, the spouse of Jim Hagedorn, getting into the race.”
Carnahan is a former chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota. She was forced out because of her closeness to a major party donor, Tony Lazzaro, who was arrested on federal sex-trafficking charges.) Other G-O-P names being tossed out as possible candidates in the First Congressional District include state Senator Julie Rosen from Fairmont and state Representative Steve Drazkowski from Mazeppa.
Schier says it’s a big opportunity for Republicans because the national environment favors them, particularly in an off-year election:
“Any candidate who gets victory there may be looking at a long congressional career, so there’s a lot at stake here.”