ST PETER — The first Republican candidate has entered the state House race to replace St. Peter Democratic Rep. Terry Morrow, who is resigning to take a job in Chicago.
Jim Golgart of St. Peter announced Thursday that he will seek the Republican endorsement, joining three Democrats already in the race for the House District 19A seat.
Golgart, the Le Sueur County Veterans Services officer, ran for the Nicollet County Board last year — finishing third in a primary election to determine the two finalists who would advance to the general election.
Job creation and Highway 14 improvements would be priorities, according to Golgart.
“We need a common-sense leader at the Capitol who can get people back to work in Minnesota,” he said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “If elected, I will prioritize the completion of the four-lane expansion of Highway 14, which is critical to improving the business climate and growing jobs in our community. Furthermore, I will use my experience in veterans services to ensure that our men and women who have served on the front lines are not returning to stand in unemployment lines.”
Golgart retired after 20 years in the Army, working as the Le Sueur County Veterans Services office since 2000.