Former Rep. Allen Quist has thrown his hat in to the ring for the soon-to-be vacant House 19A seat.
Quist made the announcement via Twitter early Friday afternoon. Quist stated that he will run on protecting and promoting the interests of small business and agriculture. He's also concerned with education standards and welfare policy.
Quist served three terms in Saint Paul. He's also run for Governor and Congress, and says his experience will also give area residents an edge at the Capitol – citing seniority as helping legislators' effectiveness.
Quist is the second Republican to formally announce his candidacy for 19A. On Thursday, Jim Golgart of St. Peter announced he is running. Golgart is a retired Army veteran who has worked for Le Sueur County Veterans Service since 2000.
Quist and Golgart join a total of three declared DFL candidates and one I.P. candidate formally in the race so far. Governor Dayton has yet to declare a date for a special election.
The need for a special election came about after Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter) announced he was leaving the Legislature to take a policy job in Chicago.