There was a flood of last-minute filers for public office this week as Tuesday’s deadline to file approached. St. Peter State Representative, Democrat Terry Morrow now has an opponent for the November election after rural New Ulm resident Nikolas Boyce filed for the District 19A seat on Tuesday. The MVL alumni graduated from Bethany Lutheran College this spring with a business administration degree. Republican Bob Gunther of Fairmont has a challenger for the District 23A seat in Democrat Kevin Labenz of Welcome, who works in the pork industry. The DFL candidate for the District 16 State Senate seat filed on Tuesday as well. Former Wasbasso Superintendent Ted Suss will face off against Senator Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls this November. The campaign for the House District 16B seat became a 3-way race on Tuesday when Independent Jerry “Pike” Pagel of New Ulm filed. The former car dealer and driving instructor gathered over 600 names to get on the ballot by petition. He’ll go against Republican Paul Torkelson of Hanska and Democrat James Kanne of Franklin. DFL Senator Kathy Sheran of Mankato and Republican Representative Tony Cornish of Good Thunder will run unopposed this November after no one filed for their seats prior to Tuesday’s deadline.