Nelson considering run against Walz
Rochester Republican state Sen. Carla Nelson is considering a run against 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz
"It is true that certainly I've been asked to run for the First District from people within the district, people outside the district," she said. "And I've often times said 'no.' But I have been asked repeatedly and realize that it is something I at least have to give some consideration."
Nelson said in the past she had not given it much thought because she was focused on serving her Senate district. But the repeated requests from people have caused her to begin researching a possible run.
"I am in the information gathering phase," she said.
Three other Republicans have already jumped into the race, including another Republican from her district — state Rep. Mike Benson of Rochester. Also running is Blue Earth businessman Jim Hagedorn and Army veteran Aaron Miller of Byron.
Nelson's political career dates back to 2002, when she was elected to the Minnesota House. She was defeated in 2004 by Rochester DFLer Tina Liebling and lost her attempt to reclaim the seat in 2006.
Nelson won the Senate seat in 2010 and 2012, isn't up for re-election until 2016.
When asked if she was being recruited by Republicans at the state or national level, Nelson said she has "been recruited at all levels."
She added, "The key thing is I am listening. It is always nice to be considered."