Minnesota Secretary Of State - Senate District 54 and House District 23B Special Elections
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Senate District 54 and House District 23B Special Elections


The Governor has issued Writs of Special Election (SD 54 Writ, HD 23B Writ) to fill vacancies in Senate District 54 and House District 23B. The District 54 vacancy was caused by the resignation of Senator Dan Schoen effective December 15, 2017. Senate District 54 includes parts of southern Washington county and northeastern Dakota county. The District 23B vacancy was caused by the resignation of Representative Tony Cornish effective November 30, 2017. House District 23B includes parts of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

Election Results & Canvassing

Special Primary

Special Election

Election Dates & Voter Information

Candidate Information

Candidates may file for this office at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State in Saint Paul or with the county auditor of their county of residence. Candidates and their supporters are reminded that, in addition to filing their candidacy for office as described above, campaign committees must register with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board no later than 14 days after the committee has raised or spent $750.

  • Candidate Filing Period: January 8, 2018 to January 11, 2018 (until 5:00 p.m.)
  • Withdrawal Period: ends January 12, 2018 (at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Write-in requests: due by Feburary 5, 2018

Candidates Filed

Candidates filed for Senate District 54 as of 5:00 p.m. January 11, 2018
Name Party/Principle Filing Location Filing Date
Denny McNamara Republican Dakota County 1/8/2018
Karla Bigham Democratic-Farmer-Labor Secretary Of State 1/8/2018
James E. Brunsgaard, III Republican Dakota County 1/9/2018
Emily Mellingen Libertarian Secretary of State 1/11/2018
Candidates filed for House District 23B as of 5:00 p.m. January 11, 2018
Name Party/Principle Filing Location Filing Date
Jeremy Munson Republican Blue Earth County 1/8/2018
Melissa Wagner Democratic-Farmer-Labor Blue Earth County 1/9/2018
Scott Sanders Republican Watonwan County 1/11/2018

 Registered write-in candidate for HD 23B: Nicholas Schmitz