Owatonna resident announces bid for 1st congressional district

OWATONNA -- Vicki Jensen, a former DFL Minnesota state senator, announced Monday that she is running for Tim Walz's seat in the 1st Congressional District.

OWATONNA - Vicki Jensen, a former DFL Minnesota state senator, announced Monday that she is running for Tim Walz’s seat in the 1st Congressional District.


Jensen, 52, an Owatonna resident, was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012 and lost re-election to Republican John Jasinski last November. She also operates Jensen Agency- Insurance Brokers in Owatonna.


In a press release issued Monday, Jensen listed her priorities as educational opportunities and job training, transportation improvements, health care reforms and public safety, as well as economic and scientific innovation, trade and investments in infrastructure, including housing, energy and broadband technology.



“Our ability to achieve our goals as individuals, families, businesses and communities depends on our courage to work together for our future,” Jensen said. “I believe people want to send someone to Washington who tells it like it is, allows a seat at the table for everyone, and works hard because they do.”


Walz, who recently announced his bid for governor, has held the seat since 2007. The first district spans the southern part of the state, bordering South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.


Republican Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth is the only other candidate to announce a bid for the seat, which is considered a toss-up by DC politics website RollCall.


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