Republican State Rep. Josh Heintzeman won his primary race handily on Tuesday, Aug. 9, beating challenger Doug Kern to contest the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
With 25 of 25 precincts reporting late Tuesday, Heintzeman won 3,132 votes (79.92%) to Kern’s 787 (20.08%).
Heintzeman said he was very pleased with the result and the margin of victory was about what he expected after speaking with about 3,000 voters in the district.
“I think the biggest takeaway for us at our event tonight was basically what we see is almost an exact mirror image of what we saw at the endorsement convention,” Heintzeman said during an interview. a telephone interview on Tuesday evening. “You know, it’s frustrating to see things progress to a primary, but to see the result come out exactly what we saw then, I think that says a lot about the process and the people who were there and their feelings about candidates This statement is helpful.
Frustration with the primary process aside, Heintzeman said it helped him be even better prepared for the upcoming general election battle.
“We’re pretty well positioned and that’s, I guess, an advantage of having to work early in the race,” Heintzeman said.
House District 6B remains largely unchanged from the previous District 10A after this year’s redistricting. It includes most of western Crow Wing County, including the towns of Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Merrifield, Jenkins, and Breezy Point.
The candidates were Heintzeman, owner of a small wood-related business and incumbent for four terms, and Kern, township supervisor and owner of an appliance repair business.
Heintzeman will face DFL challenger Sally Boos in November.