Nathan Nelson, of Hinckley, earned the Republican endorsement for the special election District 11B State House of Representatives seat on Tuesday, February 19. District 11B includes most of Pine and Kanabec County. The endorsement convention was held in Mora.
Nelson was endorsed after three ballots, emerging victorious from a field of six candidates earning approximately 40 percent of the delegate vote.
"I'm so grateful to my friends and neighbors for trusting me with the Republican endorsement in the special election," Nelson said. "My roots are here in rural Minnesota, and my family has lived in this area for more than 100 years. I'm excited to have the opportunity to work hard on the rural priorities we all share. I'm ready to work to make health care more affordable, protect the unborn, expand broadband, fix our roads and bridges, and more."
Nelson is the president of the Pine County Farm Bureau and raises Angus beef cattle and crops on his family farm outside of Hinckley, Minnesota. He is the third generation in his family to farm on the property. Nathan is married to Suzanna, and they have five children. Nathan has taught Sunday school and served as a youth leader for many years and is currently active in Danforth Community Chapel. He has also served as supervisor on the Clover Township Board for the past 9 years and on numerous other boards and committees over the years.
Nelson will face a primary against Ayrlahn Johnson on March 5, 2019. The winner from the primary will move to a special election to be held on Tuesday, March 19.