The candidate filing deadline for the special election in District 11B of the Minnesota House of Representatives passed on February 19. Tim Burkhardt was the only Democratic candidate to file, but Michael Cummins, Ayrlahn Johnson, Traci LeBrun, Nathan Nelson, Carl Pederson, and Joe Wolf will face off in the Republican primary on March 5. The general election will take place on March 19.
The seat became vacant after Jason Rarick (R) won a special election for District 11 of the Minnesota State Senate on February 5. Rarick had represented District 11B of the state House since 2015. He was re-elected in 2018 with 59.7 percent of the vote in the general election.
The Minnesota House of Representatives currently has 75 Democrats, 58 Republicans, and one vacancy. Minnesota has a divided government, and no political party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.