A MN House candidate was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

The man has not been charged as of Monday afternoon.
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A man running for the Minnesota House in the Twin Cities was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of domestic assault.

According to Dakota County jail records, Brad Gerten was arrested just before midnight on Saturday in Burnsville. He was booked early Sunday, and is being held on suspicion of domestic assault.

Gerten is running for the Minnesota House seat for District 51A, which covers parts of Eagan and Burnsville. It's currently held by DFLer Sandra Masin. She won by about 3 percentage points in 2014, and is in her fourth term.

Gerten is being held without bail. A call to the phone number listed on his candidate filing went to voicemail Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Matt Smith with the Burnsville Police Department said they can't comment on specifics, as they've given the case to the Dakota County Attorney's Office for review.

As of Monday afternoon, Gerten has not been charged with a crime. The attorney's office has until noon Tuesday to file charges. Monica Jensen with the Dakota County Attorney's Office said he will be in court Tuesday, and is expected to be charged around noon.

Gerten graduated from Burnsville High School in 1993 and joined the U.S. military, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan during his time with the National Guard, according to his website.

Broadly speaking, the views on Gerten's campaign website say MNsure has been a disaster (that's actually been a big topic recently), taxes are too high and too complicated, public transportation isn't cost effective, and we need stricter enforcement of current gun laws, not new gun laws.

Kurt Daudt, the Republican who serves as House Speaker in Minnesota, said in a brief statement: "Domestic violence is unacceptable to our party and our caucus."

He also noted no resources from the House Republican Campaign Committee have been used in that district, and none will be used in the future either.

Domestic violence

According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, at least 10 people in Minnesota had been killed as a result of domestic violence this year. With the three deaths Friday morning, that would bring the number to at least 13.

The group’s 2015 Femicide report found 34 people died from domestic violence last year, including 22 women, nine family members/friends, and at least three men.

October marks domestic violence awareness month. There are various events planned around the state to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence victims.

Get help

Anyone who thinks they are in an unsafe relationship is encouraged to call 911 or the Domestic Abuse Project at 612-874-7063. For more ways to get help, check out these links gathered by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.

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