Carver County Republicans have elected Steve Nielsen of Waconia as their new Chairman following the resignation of Paul Zunker. The 36-year-old Zunker stepped down this week after being charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. He’s accused of sexually touching a girl under the age of 16 several times over the course of a year last year. Zunker made his first appearance in court today (FRI) on the charges. Nielsen was the Carver County GOP’s treasurer prior to being named it’s Chair on Thursday.