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State Senator announces challenge against U.S. Rep. Paulsen

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State Sen. Terri Bonoff announced the start of her campaign Saturday for the U.S. House of Representatives, challenging Erik Paulsen, the four-term Republican representative.

The DFL senator from Minnetonka said she was "jumping into the fray" due to the current slate of Republican presidential candidates.

"I am deeply concerned by the divisive rhetoric coming from the current Republican presidential candidates," Bonoff said in a statement. "I believe this very public discourse is a blemish on our nation and our future."

U.S. Rep Erik Paulsen currently represents the third district, which includes the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Maple Grove and Wayzata.

Before being elected to Congress in 2008, Paulsen served for 14 years in the State Legislature where he was also the House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007.

Democrat Jon Tollefson, who was also vying for the nomination, endorsed Bonoff and dropped out of the race on Saturday as well.

“I am putting my trust in Terri because I know she commits herself fully to investing in our communities, advancing social justice, and working every day to ensure our economic and national security,” Tollefson said in a statement.

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