Former Minnesota GOP party chair Jennifer Carnahan announced today that she is running in the special election for the House seat vacated by her late husband’s death. Jim Hagedorn, who represented Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District since 2019, died last month.

“My husband’s wish was for me to carry his legacy forward and I’m going to keep the promise I made to my husband to ensure southern Minnesota has a strong conservative voice representing them in Washington and are carrying the values and the vision to keep the district strong and prosperous.”

Carnahan resigned as state party chair last year after a Republican donor with close ties to Carnahan was charged with child sex trafficking. State DFL Chair Ken Martin says as a result, “Carnahan has no business serving in any elected office whatsoever.” A special election will be held August 9th and the winner will serve the rest of Hagedorn’s term.