State Senator Mike Parry challenging Walz for Congress

Parry is a first-term Republican from Waseca who has a background in business. Democrat Tim Walz has been elected to three Congressional terms by the First District, which spans southern Minnesota.
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Parry is a first-term Republican from Waseca who has a background in business. Democrat Tim Walz has been elected to three Congressional terms by the First District, which spans southern Minnesota.

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