MADISON LAKE - Former Sen. Al DeKruif is strongly considering a run against U.S. Rep. Tim Walz for Minnesota's First Congressional District in the 2014 elections.
DeKruif said he plans to finalize his decision in six weeks, late July, but he has been heavily consulting with others about a run. He said he is interested in running because he "very concerned" about the state of the country.
"At the national level, there's a lot I think needs to be changed," said DeKruif.
He was elected to the former Senate District 25 by 44 percent of the vote in a close three-way race and served in the Minnesota Legislature for the 2011 - 2012 session. When the redistricting process put him into the same district as fellow Republican Sen. Julie Rosen, he declined to take up another run for office.
He is the owner and consultant of DeKruif Enterprise, Inc., which handles permitting and planning for "super load" truck hauls across the country. The business separately handles moving large electric transformers into both nuclear and coal-fired power plants. He is also owner of the Sakatah Trail Resort near Madison Lake.
If DeKruif decides to run, he could face a surprisingly large crowd of fellow Republican legislators. Beside Sen. Jeremy Miller, who announced his was considering a run but then dropped from the race this week, sources with direct knowledge of the race said four other Republicans are "giving serious consideration to running." The sources also indicated others are considering a run but have not reached the "serious stage" yet. A few of the candidates are expected to make announcements in the coming weeks.
In the 2010 election, Republicans had four candidates vying for the endorsement until former Rep. Randy Demmer was selected to challenge Walz.
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