Two area Republicans wasted no time this morning filing for office. 1st District congressional candidate Mike Parry was the second candidate in line at the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office in St. Paul. He said he wanted to be among the first to file for office to show voters he is willing to put in the hard work necessary to defeat three-term DFL incumbent Tim Walz.
"It really sets a tone for people when they see that. They know that I'm aggressive and I'm out early and I will be working late and they know that this is the type of person I am," he said.
Parry will battle former GOP state Rep. Allen Quist of St. Peter in the Aug. 14 Republican primary for the chance to take on Walz in November.
Also lining up to fill out the necessary paperwork and pay the filing fee was first-term Sen. John Howe, R-Red Wing. He was the first senate candidate to file for office. He was the first Senate incumbent to file for re-election.
"I think it's important to let your intentions be known right away, and to let the people of the district know how proud I am to continue serving them," Howe said in a statement.
Howe will face Red Wing public policy consultant Matt Schmit, who recently won the DFL party endorsement.
The filing period runs from today to 5 p.m. on June 5.