Hoffman to run against Collin Peterson [UPDATED]Published 11:12am Friday, February 24, 2012 Updated 11:34am Monday, February 27, 2012
Note: Hoffman made the announcement at The Journal’s press deadline. More information about her campaign will be coming soon from The Journal.
Senator Gretchen Hoffman this morning announced that she will be running for Congress in the district held by long-time U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.
Hoffman (R-Vergas) said defeating Peterson would be a step in turning back big government and federal spending.
“I think Washington is broken,” she told The Journal. “Collin Peterson has been a part of that for 20 years.”
Hoffman had been mulling a run, but her decision was made easier by Minnesota’s recent redistricting, which placed her in the same district as current District 11 Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen. Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), currently the Minnesota senator for District 11, will be running for Minnesota Senate this year for the newly-formed District 8, which encompasses almost all of Otter Tail County and about two-thirds of Douglas County.
Hoffman said Ingebrigtsen had her endorsement.
Ingebrigtsen informed The Daily Journal of his news this morning. The candidates had to do “a lot of soul searching” before coming to their decisions, he said.
“It’s certainly quite a change,” said Ingebrigtsen, a second-term senator who currently represents Douglas, Todd, Stevens and Grant counties. “The district is downsized from I believe about 85 townships down to about 69 townships.”
Though it will be an adjustment, the former Douglas County sheriff is excited to meet new constituents and learn more about the region’s needs.
“I’ve made contacts in Otter Tail (County) over the years,” Ingebrigtsen noted, adding that he lived in Fergus Falls several years ago and has worked with area law enforcement and legislators in the past.
Ingebrigtsen will be attending the Otter Tail County Republican Convention in Vergas on Saturday. Another Alexandria legislative transplant in attendance will be Mary Franson, who was moved into District 8B. Much of that area is currently represented by Mark Murdock, but Murdock has already announced that he will not be running for reelection.
This is the first redistricting experienced by both Hoffman and Ingebrigtsen. Though Ingebrigtsen said some veteran lawmakers have told him the layout of the new district map is more “hodgepodge” than it could be, he acknowledged that creating such a map is a hard job.
“It certainly can’t be an easy job for a group of judges to sit down and do that,” he said.
Lee Byberg has also announced his candidacy for Peterson’s seat.