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Heintzeman announces re-election bid

NISSWA—Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, announced Friday he will seek a second term.

"I am thankful God has given us the opportunity to serve our communities in St. Paul," Heintzeman said in a news release. "I'm proud of the work we have accomplished in slowing the growth of government while strengthening our schools, rural nursing homes and local businesses."

Heintzeman went on to say he was grateful to have his wife, Keri, and his family with him while in Nisswa and in St. Paul, and called their presence his "greatest strength."

Heintzeman, 38, represents House District 10A, which covers about a third of Crow Wing County, including Brainerd and Baxter. He serves as vice chairman of the Legacy Funding Finance Committee, is a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee and Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee.

"These committees have enabled me to work on many issues relevant to the people of Crow Wing County, and while I am announcing my intentions to seek re-election today, my focus remains on the work ahead, meaningful tax relief for the middle-class and seniors, a long-term funding solution for our road and bridge infrastructure, and growth in the job market," Heintzeman said in the release.

Heintzeman's DFL opponent, Baxter City Council member Quinn Nystrom, announced in February that she would run for the seat.

Heintzeman received his degree in business management from Central Lakes College and is a part owner of Up Country Log. He and his wife are expecting their sixth child this April and live in Nisswa.