was an Independence Party
candidate for the Minnesota State Senate
, District 61 in the October 18, 2011 special election
. Brillhart ran to fill the vacancy created when Linda Berglin
(D) retired after 38 years in the Minnesota Legislature
- See also: State legislative special elections, 2011
Brillhart was defeated by Jeff Hayden (D) in the October 18 special election. Bruce Lundeen (R) and Farheen Hakeem (G) also ran. Hakeem came in second, losing by a 595-1856 margin. Brillhart garnered 44 votes.