Ballots take shape for state-level races

Filing period closes for state legislature seats, revealing candidates for November election

Brad Brothen Terri Bonoff Sherrie Pugh Norrie Thomas Jerry Hertaus Jay Nygard Erik Paulsen David Osmek Cindy Pugh
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By Nicole Brodzik
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The filing period for state and federal legislative positions ended on May 31. With that, the ballots for all but local races are set for this year’s elections,
slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Republican Erik Paulsen from Eden Prairie is seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota’s District 3. Paulsen is currently serving his third consecutive term in the office, having previously served as a state congressman as well.

Hoping to unseat Paulsen in November is Democrat Terri E. Bonoff. The Minnetonka native is currently serving in the state senate for district 44.

As for Minnesota’s state legislature, District 33 will feature a three-way race between candidates. On the ballot will be incumbent Republican David Osmek of Eden Prairie, Democrat Sherrie Pugh of Mound and Libertarian Jay Nygard of Orono.

Osmek was first elected in 2012, and is seeking a second four-year term. Pugh has worked in private and public housing, and has been active in other forms of community leadership. Nygard works in the renewable energy sector and has served on the Orono City Council.

Moving to the Minnesota House of Representatives, two candidates each have filed for Districts 33A and 33B. The incumbent currently serving 33A is Jerry Hertaus of Greenfield. The Republican representative has served two terms in the state legislature and is seeking a third in 2016.

Democrat Norrie Thomas of Wayzata has filed to challenge Hertaus. Thomas is a retired healthcare entrepreneur and executive who is currently serving as adjunct professor at the College of Pharmacy and Senior Fellow at the Center for Leading Healthcare Change.

In District 33B, Democrat Brad Brothen is hoping to unseat current Republican representative Cindy Pugh. First elected in 2012, Pugh hails from Chanhassen, coming from a business background. Brothen has spent his professional career as a counselor and educator and lives in Mound.

These elections, in addition to both the presidential contest and various local positions for which filing periods are still open, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.