Kerry Stoick, a family nurse practitioner, has filed for the seat. She grew up in Morris, Minn. and currently lives in Oronoco on a hobby farm with her fiance and five children. She has been active behind-the-scenes in politics, serving as legislative chair for the Association of Southeastern Minnesota Nurse Practitioners. She has also lobbied Congress on health care reform.
In a news release, Stoick said she supports health care reform that does not interfere with the free-market system. In particular, she backs the idea of allowing people to buy insurance across state lines. She also wants to see medical malpractice reform to help bring down health care costs.
She does not support raising taxes to balance the state's budget. Instead, she said it is time to lower corporate tax rates to bring new businesses to the state. She also supports reforming welfare. On her Web site, she questions why an employee drug screen is required by many employers and a similar screen is not required for welfare recipients. Here is her Web site.
Already running for the seat is Dodge County Republicans Chair Chuck Bradford of Mantorville. He is also very active in the Rochester Tea Party Patriots and serves on the Mantorville City Council. He ran for the seat two years ago when Demmer announced he was running for the 1st Congressional District seat. When Demmer lost the party's endorsement, he decided to run for re-election to his House seat and Bradford stepped aside. Demmer is once again running for Congress but has said he has no plans to run for re-election to his seat if he loses this time around. Click here to read more about Bradford.