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Former state Rep. Krinkie joins race for 6th Congressional District

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Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie announced Friday he will be running for Minnesota's 6th Congressional seat, the one to be vacated by Michele Bachmann.

Krinkie, a Republican who served in the Minnesota House from 1991 to 2006, tells the St. Cloud Times he's in. Krinkie was head of the House Taxes Committee during his stint, and is currently head of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. He also is on the board of trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, according to the paper.

Krinkie tells the St. Cloud paper his first formal campaign event will be Saturday in Elk River at the Sherburne County Fair.

Krinkie, who earned the somewhat affectionate nickname "Dr. No" due to his stance on taxes at the Capitol, has been mulling over the idea for some time.

“After prayer, discussion and careful consideration with my family and friends I believe that I can garner the support of the people in the sixth congressional district; and with their help win the nomination,” Krinkie said in a statement, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Krinkie has been here before, having run for the seat in 2006 before losing to Bachmann in the Republican endorsement process.

“As a true conservative, some would just call me a pack rat, I still have my signs from when I sought the 6th Congressional District endorsement back in 2006,” Krinkie tells MPR.

Krinke tells the SC Times he may not abide by the endorsement this time.

Both news outlets report that Krinkie said he now lives in Shoreview, just outside of the 6th District. He said he plans to relocate into the district at some point during the campaign, even though federal law does not require him to.

Other Republicans in the race are former gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Tom Emmer of Delano, Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and state Sen. John Pederson of St. Cloud.

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