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Thomas DeGree, the owner of Wilde Roast Cafe in Minneapolis, and TakeAction Minnesota health care organizer Ann Marie Metzger have both registered with the campaign finance board to run in the district.

Two DFLers vying to run against Rep. Kathy Lohmer

Rep. Kathy Lohmer

Two DFLers are already vying to take on Freshman Republican Rep. Kathy Lohmer in House District 56A next fall.

Health care organizer Ann Marie Metzger and restaurant owner Thomas DeGree have registered with the campaign finance board to run in the district, which currently covers Washington County cities like Lake Elmo, Stillwater, Woodbury and Oak Park Heights.

DeGree is a teacher in St. Paul and a political newcomer from Lake Elmo, according to his campaign’s Facebook page. He currently owns the Wilde Roast Cafe in Minneapolis. Metzger, of Woodbury, is currently the head of TakeAction Minnesota’s “Together for Health” campaign, which worked on HMO and other health care issues during the 2011 legislative session.

Lohmer trumped DFL Rep. Julie Bunn in 2010 by about 5 percentage points. District 56 is considered a key battleground in Minnesota legislative elections. In 2006, three DFLers ousted an all-Republican delegation in the district. In 2010, Republicans defeated all three DFL incumbents.

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2 comments

  1. Correction: Thomas Degree is not a former teacher, he’s a current teacher. He also co-owns the restaurant, which employs 70 people.

  2. Tom DeGree is currently a teacher for the St Paul School District. Tom has worked 14 years for the district. Along with owning and operating the The Wilde Roast Cafe in Minneapolis for 7 years.

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