Jim Hagedorn kicks off campaign in Mankato

By Kyle Pirron, Mankato Times - MANKATO, MINN. – Jim Hagedorn’s campaign hosted a fundraiser in Mankato on Thursday, March 10 that brought out several concerned citizens and business owners alike.

Jim Hagedorn will be challenging 10-year incumbent Congressman Tim Walz for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District House of Representatives seat this coming election.

“Tim Walz is bankrolled by inside-the-beltway lobbyists, trial lawyers, Twin Cities socialists, government labor unions, extremist environmental groups and the abortion-on-demand lobby,” said Hagedorn “Meanwhile, we rely upon the grass roots support of the fine citizens of the first district to help fund the campaign.”

Hagedorn said that people in the first district are concerned about the sky rocking costs of the Affordable Care Act.

“This is a key issue for our campaign and replacing Obamacare will be one of my top legislative priorities in Congress.” He said

Hagedorn continued “Tim Walz’s Obamacare vote resonates more harshly today because southern Minnesotans are being punished with skyrocketing premiums and deductibles. Tim Walz made four promises to you before voting for Obamacare. All four promises turned out to be total lies and we will make them an issue through November.”

Over the next month First District Republicans will hold 21 county conventions to elect delegates for the May 7th First District Convention in Mankato and the May 20-21 State Convention in Duluth.

Local Hagedorn support Jim Anderson said, “With Jim currently running unchallenged for the Republican primary, it should make for a great election.” He went on to say, “The Republican caucuses showed record turnouts; I am optimistic that that momentum will hold strong through the November general election.”

Kim Spears sought to kick start his campaign for Minnesota State Representative district 19A at the fundraiser. Spears has worked in government, medicine, manufacturing, and also with the North Mankato City Council. “The North Mankato City Council work has provided wonderful opportunities to work hard for the citizens who hired me to represent them” stated Spears.

Rich Draheim also sought to get his name out there as he runs for Minnesota Senate District 20. Draheim worked at John Deere in Mankato for 19 years, and is now a small business owner and Le Sueur County resident. There are currently four others running for Minnesota’s District 20 Senate Seat. “That shows how attainable that district is” stated Draheim. He went on to state, “it has been a fun and good learning experience, and I am prepared to serve the citizens of District 20.”

Hagedorn has five upcoming fundraising events in March. Below are the times and locations.

Martin County (Fairmont); March 14th

Fundraiser; March 14th from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at The Ranch; 1330 North State Street; Fairmont, MN. $100 suggested contribution, but any amount gratefully accepted. View Flyer (full details in next week’s report)

Blue Earth County (Mapleton); March 17th

Fundraiser; March 17th from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the new FitzSimmons Car and Truck Wash; 511 Highway 22 South; Mapleton, MN. $100 suggested contribution, but any amount gratefully accepted. View flyer

Waseca County (Waseca); March 28th

Fundraiser; March 28th from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the American Legion; 700 South State Street; Waseca, MN. $100 suggested contribution but any amount gratefully accepted. View flyer

Faribault County (Blue Earth); March 29th

Fundraiser; March 29th from 5:15 – 7:30 pm at Hamilton Hall; 219 South Main Street; Blue Earth. View flyer

Jackson County (Jackson); March 31st

Fundraiser; March 31st from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Full Tilt Performance; 2041 Hwy 71; North Jackson, MN. $100 suggested contribution but any amount gratefully accepted. View flyer