Heintzeman, Kern announce candidacies for House District 6B

District includes most of western Crow Wing County, including the cities of Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Merrifield, Jenkins and Breezy Point

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CROW WING COUNTY — Two area Republicans have announced their candidacies for the state House District 6B seat - current state Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and Doug Kern, of Brainerd.

After redistricting occurred after the 2020 census, the new House District 6B remains largely unchanged from the current House District 10A and includes most of western Crow Wing County, including the cities of Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Merrifield, Jenkins and Breezy Point.

Candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Josh Heintzeman
Josh Heintzeman

Josh Heintzeman

Heintzeman announced he will seek re-election in House District 6B, his home district, in the new redistricting maps that were released.


"It has been an honor to represent the people of House District 10A in the state Legislature and I look forward to meeting new neighbors as I seek re-election in the newly drawn House District 6B," Heintzeman said in a news release. "As your representative, I remain committed to making sure that the values, interests and priorities of Crow Wing County are heard loud and clear in St. Paul. While my time and energy is focused on the current legislative session, I am excited to see you out on the campaign trail this summer and fall.”

Doug Kern
Doug Kern

Doug Kern

Kern said he supports life, family, law enforcement, guns, business, military, teaching American exceptionalism in education, election integrity, medical freedom, serving and God.

“I look forward to bringing integrity for you to St. Paul. I still believe in ‘Minnesota Nice’ but also know everything in St. Paul is not OK - if you think it is, I am not your man and you will get the same silence in St. Paul you had during COVID-19 when round two crops up because we are not out of the woods yet,” Kern said in a news release. “A vote for me will be a voice for you at the Capitol, for effective change and help bring unity in the state.”

Kern is the seventh of 14 children of Victor and Joan Kern. He is a business owner, a Sunday school teacher and previously served as chair of Crow Wing County Republicans.

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