Three people have now stepped into the race to fill the soon-to-be vacant House District 19A seat held by North Mankato Democrat Clark Johnson. Johnson announced his retirement early this year.

Former North Mankato City Council member Kim Spears, a Republican, has twice challenged Johnson in the past but did not take the seat.

On the DFL side, St. Peter City Council member Jeff Brand and Gustavus Adolphus College senior Nick Pemberton have announced their candidacies.

District 19A includes Nicollet County and part of Le Sueur County.