GOP race for Kline’s District 2 seat gets crowded; DFL contenders down to one
Permac’s Miller enters crowded race
Burnsville business owner Darlene Miller, who’s won national acclaim and is a female pioneer in her field, has joined a crowded field of Republicans seeking nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat.
Miller announced her candidacy Jan. 7, joining five other Republicans hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Burnsville Republican who is retiring at the end of this year.
Miller said her business experience stands out. She bought Permac Industries in Burnsville in 1994, modernizing the precision machine parts maker and guiding it through years of revenue growth as well as the Great Recession.
Angie Craig is DFL’s presumptive 2nd District nominee
The day after Dr. Mary Lawrence said she wouldn’t be seeking the Democratic endorsement in the 2nd District race, Goodhue resident Roger Kittelson suspended his campaign on Wednesday leaving Eagan resident Angie Craig as the presumptive nominee.
Kittelson echoed Lawrence’s sentiment expressed when she withdrew from the race, as he said: “We need to focus our energy behind our candidate to win the (2nd District).”
He said he believes “our future congresswoman” Craig will protect seniors, workers, farmers, and small business owners.