Blue Earth businessman Jim Hagedorn is expected to announce tomorrow at a farm in Good Thunder, Minn. that he will seek the
Republican Party's endorsement. He joins Rep. Mike Benson of Rochester
and Army veteran Aaron Miller of Byron.
Hagedorn is the son of former Minnesota Rep. Tom Hagedorn, who served eight years representing the 2nd District, which then included the cities of Mankato, Waseca and Austin. The candidate has a long history doing political behind-the-scenes work, including 25 years working on Capitol Hill. During that time, he spent seven years as the senior legislative assistant to former Minnesota Republican Rep. Arlan Stangeland.
Hagedorn moved back to Blue Earth in 2009. He ran for the party's endorsement in 2010, losing to then-state Rep. Randy Demmer of Hayfield. Demmer went on to lose to Walz. In 2009, some blog posts written by Hagedorn on his blog "Mr. Conservative" drew criticism for what some said were racist posts.
In other First District news, former state Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca said he has ruled out running for any political office in 2014. Parry had been mulling a possible run for the First District seat and Secretary of State. He ran for the congressional seat in 2012, losing to Republican Allen Quist in a primary.
Parry said he had a chance to sit down with Benson and decided to endorse him. He said expects to campaign heavily for the Rochester Republican and host fundraisers.
"He is the right candidate for the right time. He understands what the First Congressional District needs. He understands the problems that we are facing, and he knows the issues. He is committed to win this race. I believe he will and that's why I am endorsing him 100 percent," Parry said.