There will be a race between two Republicans in the Aug. 9 primary for Minnesota House District 21B.
Jayesun Sherman, a four-year member of the Windom City Council, has announced that he’ll challenge party-endorsed nominee Marj Fogelman in the primary. Fogelman captured the GOP endorsement for the seat at the May 7 district convention in Heron Lake.
In a press release sent to Radio Works on Monday, Sherman alleged: “Before and during the Convention involving newly redistricted District 21B, there were several anomalies which made the final decision on Ballot #8 unworkable. Between unethical campaigning practices of the ‘winner’ to odd circumstances surrounding the days leading up to and including the convention itself, the results did not represent the will of the people as it could have and should have.”
Wrote Fogelman on Tuesday in a response to Radio Works: "On May 7th I was humbled and honored to receive the Republican Endorsement for MN House District 21B. I want to thank all of those who attended the endorsing convention for their time and efforts. Through hard work, with help and support of family, friends and delegates throughout the district, my message of working for and with the people was heard. This campaign is not about me, but about the residents of District 21B. Together we will continue to work hard and take our Christian conservative values to St. Paul. I am asking for your support and your vote for the August 9th primary. I look forward to meeting more of you as I continue on the next phase of my campaign."
In an April press release that initially announced his candidacy, Sherman described himself as noting that the “values that I hold dear and support wholeheartedly are the sanctity of life/ProLife, the First and Second Amendments, personal autonomy, small government with true accountability, Law & Order/Police, and common-sense reforms of immigration. I have always been a God-fearing conservative and my priorities are in this order: God, family, everything else.”
The winner of the November general election will replace the retiring state representative Rod Hamilton, who has announced his retirement.