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Dayton announced special election to fill Kubly's seat

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton announced this afternoon that a special election to fill the Senate District 20 seat of Gary Kubly will be held April 10.

Kubly died Friday. His funeral was held this morning in Granite Falls.

Because Kubly died while the Senate was in session, an election must be held to fill the vacancy.

Under state law, Dayton had until today to set the election date.

If multiple individuals file to run for the seat, which includes Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties, a special primary election will be March 27.

Candidates will have to decide quickly if they want to run.

Affidavits to file for office begins tomorrow and ends on Tuesday.

Candidates can file with the Secretary of State's office or in the county auditor's office where they live.

The term of the office ends at the end of the year.

At that time, Senate District 20 will no longer exist. Because of redistricting, the new District 17 has similar, but different boundaries. Three candidates have already indicated they intend to seek the nomination for the District 17 seat to run in the November election.