GOOD THUNDER - Jim Hagedorn, a former Republican endorsement candidate, will official his plans today to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District at the FitzSimmons Farm in rural Good Thunder.
Hagedorn, of Blue Earth, is the son of Tom Hagedorn, who served in the from 2nd District in the 1970s. He ran for the Republican endorsement for the 1st District in 2010, but lost out at the convention to Randy Demmer.
He served as legislative assistant to former Minnesota Congressman Arlan Stangeland in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he served in two different agencies in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He subsequently worked as director of government relations and corporate development for Eltrome before moving to Minnesota for his first congressional bid.
Hagedorn has already laid the groundwork for his run by touring numerous Republican county meetings in the 1st District alongside already announced challengers to Walz.
The campaign team planned for Hagedorn's run will include bring on Blue Earth County Republican Party vice chair Lon Firschau as his campaign manager and long-time Republican strategist Gregg Peppin as a consultant.
Hagedorn's decision to join the 1st District race will make it a competitive race next spring during the 1st District Republican endorsement convention. So far, two other Republican candidates have announced they also plan to run for the 1st District: Rep. Mike Benson, of Rochester, and veteran Aaron Miller, of Byron. Beyond that, former Sen. Mike Parry has stated he is considering joining the 1st District race, though he is also looking at potential runs for Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota governor.
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