Sheriff's Deputy Wins GOP Nomination for House District 30A Special Election

Sheriff's Deputy Wins GOP Nomination for House District 30A Special Election Click to Enlarge Photo: Paul Novotny/Facebook

(KNSI) - The Sherburne County Sheriff's Deputy looking to fill the seat vacated by Representative Nick Zerwas cruised to victory Tuesday night during a special primary election for House District 30A.

The primary needed to be held because there were two Republicans vying for the seat: Novotny and challenger Kathy Ziebarth.

Novotny had landed the support of Zerwas himself before the election. Novotny will now take on DFL challenger Chad Hobot in the February 4th general election.

Zerwas announced his resignation from his House seat last month. Citing a recent heart surgery, Zerwas said that brought into focus, "the need to spend as much time as I can with my wife and three-year-old son and spend my prime working years providing the best possible life for my family."

The state GOP released a statement following Novotny's victory, saying:

"Tonight, endorsed candidate Paul Novotny prevailed in the Special Primary in House District 30A. Novotny is a strong conservative who will be a great addition to St. Paul championing issues like lowering taxes, supporting life, defending our 2nd Amendment rights and improving roads across Minnesota. Now we head towards the February 4th Special Election confident Novotny will again be triumphant and join the State House to represent his community and fight against the progressive policies being pushed by House Democrats."