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DFLers choose mayor of Sartell for Bachmann's 6th District seat

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DFLers have chosen their candidate to run for the 6th Congressional District seat currently held by Michele Bachmann. Delegates meeting Saturday endorsed Joe Perske, who is currently the mayor of Sartell, Minn., the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Bachmann, a Republican, is not seeking re-election to a fifth term.

Perske won the endorsement with 62 percent of the delegates' votes on the fourth round of balloting, according to the Pioneer Press. He was competing against two other candidates -- Jim Read of Avon, a political science professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University; and Judy Adams of Circle Pines, an environmental activist. All three had said earlier they would abide by the DFL endorsement.

The Republican Party endorsed former legislator Tom Emmer in the 6th District at their convention a few weeks ago. But the other two GOP challengers, former state Rep. Phil Krinkie and Anoka County Board Chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah, have said they will run against him in the August primary.

Perske, a middle school teacher and coach, faces long odds in the race, the St. Cloud Times reports, because the 6th District is considered the most Republican-leaning of Minnesota's eight congressional districts, according to a Pioneer Press analysis of voting trends.

"We'll never be able to outspend them, but we're going to have to out-people them," Perske said, according to the Times.

There is one Independence Party candidate in the race, John Denney of Forest Lake.

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