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Election to replace outgoing Andover state lawmaker will be in February

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Northern Twin Cities area residents, you'll have an election in February next year.

A special election to replace state Sen. Branden Petersen will be Tuesday Feb. 9, the Secretary of State's office announced Friday.

Petersen, a Republican from Andover representing District 35, said last month he was resigning from his seat, and would leave at the end of October. The 29-year-old had said over the summer he wouldn't be seeking re-election, telling MinnPost the long hours and modest wages made it difficult to find a well-paying flexible job that would allow him to also continue his political career.

He's the youngest member of the Minnesota Senate, won the 2012 election and took office in 2013. State senators are elected to a four-year term, so he would have been up for re-election in 2016.

His tenure reached a particularly notable point in when he became the only GOP senator in Minnesota to co-sponsor and vote for the same-sex marriage bill – a decision which he was criticized for, MPR News reported. It led to a vote of ‘no confidence’ from some GOP peers, which was later rescinded, the Star Tribune reported.

If it's needed, a special primary election for the district will be Jan. 12.

The candidate filing period begins Dec. 8 and ends Dec. 14.

District 35A covers the area around Anoka, Ramsey and Andover – click here for a map.

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