Republicans from Otsego and other areas of eastern Wright County appear to be sending a new face to the Minnesota House of Representatives next January in David FitzSimmons, of Albertville, based on early unofficial voting totals Nov. 6.
With four of eight precincts counted in House District 30B, results showed FitzSimmons ahead of Democratic challenger Sharon Shimek, of Otsego.
FitzSimmons led with 677 votes to 417 cast for Shimek among ballots reported from both of Otsego’s precincts, one of Hanover’s two precincts and a small precinct in Dayton. St. Michael and Albertville totals had yet to be reported as of 11:30 p.m.
State redistricting earlier this year left these communities without an incumbent in the House to enter 2013.