Active Rochester Tea Party Patriots member Max Sullivan has announced he plans to take on DFL Rep. Kim Norton for the House District 25B seat.
The Republican Party of Olmsted County's blog features a note from Sullivan detailing his decision to run. In it, he writes that Norton "is against about everything we are for such as a ban on state funded abortions, cutting the State work force, reducing state funding for mass transit, and repealing the cap on carbon emissions to name a few."
Sullivan works as a Realtor in Rochester. He has become one of the most well known members of the Rochester Tea Party Patriots, attending local government meetings to voice his opinions. He has also testified on several occasions at the state Capitol against the proposed $77 million Mayo Civic Center expansion and the proposed Rochester sales tax extension.
I put a call into Sullivan this morning and have not hear back from him yet. Sullivan just called me back. He said he decided to run because he has been vocal about his opinions on various issues and "I think if you are going to do that then you should be willing to step up and put your money where your mouth is."
If elected, Sullivan said he would focus on decreasing the size of government and education.
Norton was elected in 2006, relacing retiring Republican Rep. Fran Bradley.
One candidate who has decided not to run is Rochester School Board member Terry Throndon. He said several legislators approached him and encouraged him to run but ultimately he decided against it.
"I made a commitment to do the school board for four years, and I am going to honor that commitment," he said. "And I can't just abandon my business for three or four months to go up there."
He owns Throndson Oil and L.P. Gas Co.
Republican Party of Olmsted County Chairman Bruce Kaskubar said the date has not yet been set for the local district endorsing conventions. He said it is still possible that another candidate may run for the House seat.