Special election scheduled to fill vacany in 1st US Congressional District

The passing of 1st U.S. District Congressman Jim Hagedorn last Thursday has created a vacancy in the office of U.S. Representative for the 1st Congressional District, which by law, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, will be filled by a special election.

The filling period for candidates will be announced with the writ of special election, which will be issued by the Office of the Governor.  Secretary Simon stated that the filing period must end by March 15th and he went on to state that the expectation is that the filing period will be at least two weeks in length.

A special primary for the seat will be held May 24th, with early voting by absentee ballot beginning April 8th.  The special election for the seat will be held August 9th, with early absentee voting beginning June 24th.  Secretary Simon noted that the special election will take place within the current congressional district boundaries, not the new 2022 redistricting maps.

The candidate winning the special election will serve the remainder of Congressman Hagedorn’s term, and Simon also noted that August 9th is also the date of the statewide primary election.