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Benson announces U.S. House bid

ROCHESTER -- State Rep. Mike Benson, R-Rochester, announced Monday that he is running for Congress in Minnesota's First Congressional District.

"This is not the United States I grew up in, and with new representation I believe that our country's best days are still ahead of us," Benson said. "Today I ask for your vote so we can ensure better days not just for my children and grandchildren, but for yours.

"I will work tirelessly to secure the Republican nomination and restore a government of the people, by the people and for the people," he continued. "It's reprehensible that this president, whose policies are carried out by Tim Walz, would turn its power on the people and bully them with the IRS and the NSA keeping record of every one their phone calls."