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Pike Township man seeks to follow Metsa into state House

Shaun Hainey

Shaun Hainey became the first person to seek to replace Rep. Jason Metsa, DFL-Virginia, in District 6B on Monday, when the Pike Township man announced his run for the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Hainey is seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement.

“I live in Pike because it’s where family is, it's where my wife and I want to raise our children,” Hainey said in a news release. “This is where our kids can play outside without concern, nature is right in our backyard, and whenever we need a break we can just hop on a horse and go for a ride. I am committed to bringing our region’s values and work ethic to the capitol to protect this way of life and build a sound economic future for our region.”

Pike Township is located about 10 miles northwest of Virginia.

Last week, Metsa announced he would join the field seeking the DFL endorsement in the 8th Congressional District race to replace retiring incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan.

When asked by the News Tribune on Monday whether he might return to the state House, Metsa responded: “I am fully committed to being the next Congressman in the 8th. I have enjoyed my time in St. Paul serving the people of District 6B and I am encouraged by their support in this new endeavor. I hope to bring the lessons I have learned in St. Paul to be an effective leader in Washington.”

Hainey grew up outside the Twin Cities in Pine Springs, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota Morris, where he earned a degree in political science. He lives with his wife, Cassandra (Maki) Hainey, and their four children on what he called “an aspiring hobby farm” in Pike Township.

“My first priority is education,” Hainey said. “I want to help prepare our children to thrive in our natural resource-based economy and create opportunities for entrepreneurship — contributing to a more vibrant Iron Range and giving people more reasons to stay or return to the area.”

Hainey currently works for the St. Louis County Assessor’s Office. He has served on the Quad Cities Area Early Childhood Coalition and Laurentian Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee.

Hainey will be hosting listening sessions Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Boomtown in

Eveleth, and Sunday from 1-3 p.m., at the Olcott Park Greenhouse. At the Greenhouse, children will be welcome to participate in a scavenger hunt.

Prospective candidates have until June 5 to file their intention with the secretary of state’s office.