A Winona real estate agent announced Wednesday that he will run for the Minnesota Senate seat held by freshman Republican Sen. Jeremy Miller.
Democrat Jack Krage said he is running because the Republican-led Senate has failed to do what is in the best interest of the state.
"In one short year in control of the House and Senate, they've forced a government shutdown, raised property taxes by nearly $1 billion, and there is now a good chance that the state is still in the red. Minnesota needs a change in leadership," he said in a statement.
Krage grew up on a dairy farm in Ridgeway and is a graduate of Winona State University. He has been a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore and Associates for 27 years. He serves on the Lions Global Leadership Management Team. He has served two terms as president of the Southern Minnesota Association of Realtors.
Miller, a Winona businessman, narrowly defeated first-term DFL Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, 51 percent to 49 percent. He won in a year when Republicans regained control of the Minnesota Senate for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Senate District 31 stretches from Winona to La Crescent to Chatfield. But it is unclear what the final senate boundary lines will look like in 2012 due to the redistricting process. Every 10 years, the state is required to redraw all the political boundaries based on the latest census data.
"With the economy struggling, the middle class cannot afford to be pinched even tighter," Krage said in a statement. "I would like to be southeastern Minnesota's voice in the Senate and let the Legislature know that enough is enough."