Last day filings include Smith in House

Incumbent state Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, filed today to run for re-election in House District 33B.

Smith is serving his 11th term in the Minnesota House. He is currently a former chairman of the House Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee.

Smith will face the endorsed GOP candidate, Cindy Pugh of Chanhassen, in the Aug. 14 primary. After waiting until the last day to file, Smith said he thought long and hard about the decision.

“I want to continue to do good work at the Capitol,” Smith said. “I think I’ve served well for 22 years, and I want to continue.”

Other incumbents who waited until the last day to file included Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, and Rep.Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley.

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