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Brian Quirk. Courtesy photo

NEW HAMPTON — State Rep. Brian Quirk, D-New Hampton, said Thursday he resigned his position as representative of House District 52 to take a job as general manager of New Hampton Municipal Light Plant.

He had announced his resignation Wednesday from the House Democratic caucus.

He begins his new duties Monday.

“It’s a great opportunity and a big task,” Quirk said.

His new employer requested that he resign from the Legislature, he said.

Quirk has been employed as an electrician with the family business, New Hampton Electric Co. The business will continue, he said.

“I’m going to miss working with the people I have represented,” he said. “It was a tough decision.”

Gov. Terry Branstad has five days in which to call for a special election to elect a replacement.

The election would have to be held within 40 days after the date is set.

County conventions will be held to approve new candidates. Quirk said he has found someone to replace him from the Democratic Party, although the party would have to approve him.

Quirk was re-elected Nov. 6 to a seventh term in the Legislature, defeating independent candidate Craig Clark of Rudd.

Clark, 44, said he intends to file papers to run again for the open seat.

“I think I can be a strong voice from the middle class,” he said. “I can be the voice of reason.”

Clark said he will probably run as an independent again because it frees him from party politics.

House District 52 includes all of Chickasaw and Floyd counties and the eastern edge of Cerro Gordo County.

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