Voters must select between Kiffmeyer and Bolin in primary

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer and Paul Bolin will face off in the Aug. 14 primary election to determine who will run on the Republican ticket for an open Minnesota Senate seat.

The seat — Senate District 30 — includes the cities of Elk River, Otsego, Big Lake, Albertville, St. Michael and Hanover.

Kiffmeyer, of Big Lake Township, had won the Republican endorsement in March during a convention in which she was unopposed.

But Bolin is challenging her. He had run for the Republican endorsement in House District 30B in March, but lost to Dave FitzSimmons of Albertville.

Kiffmeyer, meanwhile, was Minnesota secretary of state from 1999–2006. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008.

Kiffmeyer currently represents District 16B, which includes most of Sherburne County.

Senate District 30 was created earlier this year as the result of redistricting, which is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented. Redistricting takes place every 10 years following the census.

There is no incumbent senator in the new District 30.