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Ward weighing rematch run against Heintzeman

Former DFL Rep. John Ward, who Republican Josh Heintzeman supplanted in the 2014 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 10A, is pondering a run to take back the seat in 2016.

"I have not made my mind up, and all options are on the table," Ward said Monday. He said he didn't know when he might decide.

"I have discussed both running and not running with my supporters and with my family," he said. "Like a lot of folks at this point, I'm just kind of watching and listening and hearing everything."

Ward said he remained active in the civic arena, including spots on several community boards as well as speaking engagements on the topics of civility in election discourse, mental health and child protection.

Heintzeman said that after consulting with his family, he decided to run for re-election. "We have, at this time, every intention to continue and look forward to a second term should the voters allow us to do that," he said. "There's still a lot of things I'd like to work on in a second term. Your first go-around, there's many, many things you have to learn. You're getting to know the people throughout your district better all the time. I think that it would make doing that job even easier going forward. I feel like I'm just starting to really better understand how to put the parts and pieces together, because it's a pretty big machine."

Regarding who his DFL opponent might be, Heintzeman said he hadn't thought about it much and he hadn't heard anything directly.

"When news comes, we'll have some more thoughts in that regard," he said.

ZACH KAYSER may be reached at 218-855-5860 or Zach.Kayser@brainerddispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZWKayser.

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