Two Willmar Democrats running for Minnesota House in District 16B, GOP's Baker seeking re-election
Two Democrats have filed to run for the Minnesota House seat in District 16B, currently held by Dave Baker.
Editor's note: Candidate Margaret Karsten chose to withdraw her candidacy Thursday morning. A DFL primary will no longer be required. Read more here.
WILLMAR — On the last day to file for elected office in major races, two Democrats completed the paperwork to run for the Minnesota House in District 16B.
The two candidates are Margaret Karsten and Fred Cogelow, both of Willmar.
The seat is currently held by Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar. Baker is seeking re-election.
The two DFL candidates will need to run against each other in a primary in August before one of them can take on Baker in the November general election.
District 16B is new, following the redrawing of district lines due to updated population counts from the 2020 census.
The district, which was 17B, includes most of Kandiyohi County including the cities of Willmar, New London, Spicer, Prinsburg, Atwater, Kandiyohi and Raymond. The southeastern corner of the county belongs to District 16A.