DFL Rep. Persell has no challengers yet; GOP to pick Nolan challenger on Saturday
BEMIDJI — For the moment at least, Minnesota Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, appears safe for the 2014 elections.
“I’ve been asked that a lot lately and unfortunately, no, I do not know of anybody at this point that’s made a decision to run,” he said. “I do think that Persell is beatable by a candidate willing to work hard, however, it’s not going to be something where a Republican puts their name on the ballot and gets elected just because they’re a Republican on the ballot.”
Persell survived a GOP surge in 2010 and a duel of of incumbents from redrawn districts against John Howes in 2012.
During the MN Senate District 2 GOP convention in Bagley on Sunday, incumbent Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, won the endorsement for House District 2B and Dave Hancock won the endorsement to challenge Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, in 2A, Cobb said.
Erickson claimed the seat from Hancock in 2012.
Republicans in the Eighth U.S. Congressional District will gather Saturday in Park Rapids, Minn., to choose a candidate to run against U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. They’re expected to select Stewart Mills, a vice president at Mills Fleet Farm from the Brainerd Lakes area. The convention begins at 9 a.m. at Park Rapids High School.