Filing period closes for Minnesota state House special elections

The filing deadline passed on December 10 for special elections in District 30A and District 60A of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The primary is on January 14, and the general election is on February 4.
  1. In District 30A, Chad Hobot and Michelle Rockhill are running in the Democratic primary. Paul Novotny and Kathy Ziebarth filed to run in the Republican primary. The District 30A seat became vacant on December 6 after Nick Zerwas (R) resigned his seat due to medical reasons.
  2. In District 60A, Amal Ibrahim, Jessica Intermill, Mohamed Issa Barre, Sydney Jordan, Piyali Nath Dalal, Sonia Neculescu, Aaron Neumann, Aswar Rahman, Saciido Shaie, Zachary Wefel, and Susan Whitaker are running in the Democratic primary. No Republican candidates filed to run for election. The District 60A seat became vacant on November 16 after Diane Loeffler (D) passed away.

Heading into the election, Democrats have a 74-58 majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives with two vacancies. 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.

As of November, 77 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 24 states this year. Thirteen special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in nine states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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