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Filing for special election in Congressional District 1 closes with 20 candidates

An additional six candidates filed to run in the last days of the filing period.

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WORTHINGTON — The filing period for the Congressional District 1 special election officially closed on March 15, with 20 candidates now vying to fill the seat previously occupied by Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who died Feb. 22 of kidney cancer.

With a primary election slated for May, 24, two more Republican candidates joined the race, as well as three candidates for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor, and one Legalize Cannabis candidate in the last days of the filing period.

Arguably one of the most well-known candidates to join the pool was Jennifer Carnahan, Hagedorn’s widow and former chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party. Carnahan was ousted from her party chairmanship in 2021. She filed on March 14, three days after Politico published rumors that she was seeking to run.

Minnesota DFL chairman, Ken Martin, quickly responded with a press release, claiming that Carnahan had “no business serving in any elected office whatsoever,” after the numerous scandals contributing to her being forced to leave her seat. Still, Carnahan has an established political background, and her time as chairwoman made her the first Asian American woman elected to run either major political party in Minnesota.

Jennifer Carnahan
Jennifer Carnahan

J.R Ewing, of Albert Lea, also filed to run as a Republican last Friday, though no formal announcement was made and he does not appear to have a campaign website as of Friday.

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The same goes for DFL candidates J.R. Ewing and James Rainwater, who filed to run on March 11 and March 14 respectively. Mankato daycare center owner Candice Deal-Bartell also joined the race for the DFL party nomination, with a campaign she plans to focus on childhood education, according to a statement obtained by the Mankato Free-Press .

The final candidate to register was Haroun McClellan, who joins the race as a member of the Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis Party.

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