A third-generation member of the Mills Fleet Farm corporation officially kicked off his campaign Thursday to unseat U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in northern Minnesota's 8th District, the Star Tribune reports.
Stewart Mills III formally announced that he was running as a Republican against the Democrat Nolan in June.
Mills' campaign began with events in Cloquet and Rush City.
"The current government shutdown and impasse in Congress is the perfect example of why Washington needs fresh voices and perspectives to move our country forward," Mills, the vice president of Mills Fleet Farm, said in a press release.
The Brainerd Dispatch talked with Mills by phone Thursday about how he would act on the current government shutdown, but the candidate declined comment on whether he would support a continuing resolution with no strings attached.
Mills also declined comment on whether he would seek to end the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, as part of a budget deal.
The 8th District has largely been represented by Democrats over the last 50 years.
Nolan, who served as a U.S. representative from 1975 to 1981, defeated first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack last November.
According to personal financial reports filed with Congress, Mills owns assets somewhere between $46 million and $150 million.