A former St. Peter city councilor has announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House seat being vacated by Democrat Terry Morrow. 56-year-old Joel Brinker is now the third Republican running for the seat, following announcements by Jim Golgart and Allen Quist last week. The Nicollet County Republican Party will reportedly be holding an endorsement convention this Thursday evening to choose a candidate. Brinker served as a St. Peter City Councilor from 1998 to 2005, and sought the same House seat 6 years ago, but lost to Morrow in the party endorsement process. He is affiliated with the St. Peter Woolen Mill, and also works for a Le Center trucking firm as well as operating a business making frames for rug weaving. Morrow is leaving the Legislature to take a job in Chicago. The Democrats vying for the seat include Karl Johnson, Clark Johnson and Robin Courrier. Tim Gieseke has said he will likely run as an Independence Party candidate as well. Governor Dayton has not yet set the date for a special election. He has until the end of the week to do so.