Republican Mike Goggin has announced plans to challenge freshman DFL Sen. Matt Schmit in 2016.
Goggin, of Red Wing, works as a project manager at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, according to news release. He said he wants to put his experience to work for the residents of Senate District 21.
"I'm running for the Senate to bring more public service to a legislature that appears too focused on self-service. I will put my experience in sound budgeting and common sense decision making to work for the people of Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona counties," he said in a statement.
Goggin did not immediately respond to a request for an interview. Senate District 21 includes portions of Dodge, Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona counties. Cities in the district include Red Wing, Pine Island, St. Charles and West Concord.
Goggin graduated from Red Wing High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Gustavus Adolphus College. He worked at Red Wing Shoe Company before earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in Denver. In 2004, he started working for Xcel Energy at the Prairie Island nuclear plant.
In his news release, Goggin touts himself as a union member and hockey dad who understands the concerns of residents.
"I'm a union member at the plant and a baseball and hockey dad at home. I'm familiar with the everyday challenges faced by families in this district and look forward to bringing their concerns to St. Paul," he said.
Schmit, of Red Wing, said he is not focused on the campaign at this point. Rather, his priority is serving the constituents of his district.
"I'm focused on what I usually am — that's connecting with our local governments and voters around Senate District 21," Schmit said. "There is still a lot of work to do in my first term and that's what I'm focused on."