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Poston set to retire from Minnesota House of Representatives - Paulus seeks District 5A seat

Poston had initially planned to run in Senate District 9, but after the new districts were announced last week he decided to retire from the Legislature.

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Dist. 9A Rep. John Poston
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ST. PAUL — State Rep. John Poston, R-Lake Shore, announced Monday, Feb. 21, he will retire from the Legislature at the conclusion of his current term and has decided against running for the Minnesota Senate.

Poston had initially planned to run in Senate District 9, but after the new districts were announced last week he decided to retire from the Legislature.

“It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to represent our community in the state legislature,” Poston said in a news release. “I am eternally grateful for the trust you placed in me to be your voice at the capitol. While I am not running for reelection in November, I am committed to serving the remainder of my term with the same conviction and principles that I have held during my three terms in office.”

Poston was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016, serving all or portions of Cass, Wadena and Todd counties. The changes in district boundaries meant he would no longer serve the same areas.

“During his time in the House, Poston quickly established himself as a legislator who held firm to his convictions while willing to reach across the aisle to get things done for Minnesotans,” the news release stated.

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Paulus steps into running

Mike Paulus, currently Executive Director of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), announced his candidacy for the newly formed House 5A District on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Poston's recent retirement announcement leaves an open seat in District 5A.

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Mike Paulus
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Paulus stated in a news release, "I’m running for Minnesota House 5A to continue the good work of Representative John Poston, to enhance economic vitality for the entire district, and to protect our constitutional liberties."
Paulus continued, "Serving as Executive Director of the CCEDC through the economic shutdown, I saw the true negative impact that bad government policies have on businesses and families throughout our region. I look forward to serving communities not only in Cass County, but also Hubbard, Wadena, and Becker."
In addition to his work in economic development, Paulus maintains a role as a Business Consultant with the North Central Region Small Business Development Center, has a seat on the Minnesota Business Finance Corporation's loan committee, and serves on two Boards: Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union and Essentia Health - Central Market.
Paulus plans to seek the Republican endorsement for the new district.
District 5A, formed just last week, covers portions of Becker, Cass, Hubbard and Wadena counties.

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