Three Republicans with notable but disparate GOP pedigrees is looking to fill the Senate District 57 vacancy left by retiring GOP Sen. Chris Gerlach.
The intra-party battle for the Republican nomination in the district is shaping up to pit Pat Hall, the brother of GOP Sen. Dan Hall, against Republican communications consultant Tim Gould. Another Republican, Judy Lindsay, who ran for the House in 2008, is reportedly considering a run as well.
Hall, a former insurance salesman, has lived in the south metro district for more than two decades and was also the head of a small rural bank. He also attended Luther Seminary and served as chaplain for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department and now works as volunteer chaplain for the city of Burnsville.
Gould, meanwhile, comes from the communications world and has worked with the Republican Party of Minnesota, the Michele Bachmann for Congress campaign and with her congressional office in constituent services. He’s also worked on the campaign of U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and in the private sector.
The endorsing convention for Gerlach’s seat was delayed likely until May, given the upheaval in the district, a seat the senator’s held for eight years. Gerlach announced his retirement earlier this month, citing his family and direct-mail business, Capitol Direct.
Gerlach also roiled members of his own caucus when it was revealed his company sent out pro-right-to-work mailers against members of the Senate GOP caucus.