The Democrat said in an interview that if elected, she would be a strong advocate for greater Minnesota.
"Outstate Minnesotans are tired of waiting. We are tired of being told that the money and resources are going to the large urban areas because that's where the economic drivers are. I think people know that in the rural areas, we want to maintain our small communities, our small businesses and I think there's a role there for state government, so I want to be involved in doing that," she said.
Red Wing GOP Rep. Tim Kelly first won election to the seat in 2008. In an interview, Kelly said he has not decided whether he will seek re-election this fall.
"Right now, I'm focused on the job ahead of me now. I haven't even broached that subject yet," he said.
Bayley, 49, has served eight years on the Red Wing City Council and is an attorney with her own law practice, Bayley Law, LLC. She grew up in Rochester and has lived in Red Wing for 10 years. She has a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Georgetown University. She previously worked as a prosecutor in Hennepin and Wabasha counties.
If elected, Bayley said she would focus on economic development. That would include supporting efforts to expand high-speed broadband access and increase the amount of workforce housing.
"We actually have a relatively low unemployment rate here, and yet many of our employers can't get employees to come here because we don't have appropriate housing. That's something I worked on as a city council member, and I'd really want to continue working on that," she said.
She said she would also push for a long-term, comprehensive transportation funding package. She said it's also critical the state takes steps to address a lack of senior housing options in rural areas. You can check out her campaign website here.
Kelly did push back at the suggestion that House lawmakers have not been doing enough for greater Minnesota. He said he is confident that lawmakers will approve a sweeping, transportation funding package — something that takes more than one year to put together.
"Sometimes the process takes a little longer, and I'm very proud of where we're at," Kelly said.