ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- Republicans have endorsed St. Cloud business owner Tama Theis in the race for the vacated House District 14A seat.
The GOP had seven rounds of voting Saturday. A St. Cloud Times report says the final ballot came down to Theis and John Severson, a former St. Cloud City Council member.
They were vying for the House seat formerly held by Rep. Steve Gottwalt. He resigned Monday after taking a job with a company that lobbies the Legislature.
His seat will be filled in a special election on Feb. 12. If a special primary is needed, it will be held on Jan. 29.
DFLer Joanne Dorsher has filed to run in the special election.
Theis owns a remodeling company. She touted her conservative values by saying she opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.