Another local GOP battle to be decided in August

The filing period for federal, state and county offices — along with cities and school districts in which primaries occur — remains open through May 31.

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Another local state senate race heads to the August primary with the entrance of a second Republican candidate.

Jim Newberger filed Tuesday, May 24, to run for Senate District 10, joining endorsed candidate Nathan Wesenberg. Newberger is a former state representative who served 2013-18 in the former District 15B, which represented portions of Benton, Morrison, Sherburne and Wright counties. He also unsuccessfully ran against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar during the 2018 election.

Primaries in two other local races emerged Tuesday. The race for Wadena County sheriff now features three candidates with the filing of Milo Scott, who joins incumbent Mike Carr Jr. and Jason Hofer. And the field for the District 5 seat on the Aitkin County Board will be narrowed in August as incumbent Ann Marcotte entered the race against challengers Michael L. Kearney and Doug McNeil.

The race for Senate District 7 became a contest Tuesday as well after DFLer Ben DeNucci filed, joining Republican Robert Farnsworth.

The filing period for federal, state and county offices — along with cities and school districts in which primaries occur — remains open through May 31.


Filings on May 24

7th Congressional District

  • Michelle Fischbach, Republican (incumbent).

State senator

  • District 7 — Ben DeNucci, DFL.
  • District 10 — Jim Newberger, Republican.

Aitkin County

  • Commissioner District 5 — Ann Marcotte (incumbent).

Wadena County

  • Sheriff — Milo Scott.


  • Council member at large — Jeff Czeczok.
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