Former DFL Sen. Rick Olseen has his eye on returning to the Capitol this fall, but this time he’s making a run for the House.
Olseen has formally registered with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to run in House District 32B, one of the many open seats established by this year’s redistricting process.
According to Campaign Finance Board records, no Republican has formally registered to run in the new House District 32B. But current GOP Rep. Bob Dettmer has indicated he’ll run for re-election in the new district.
Olseen was first elected to the state Senate in 2006, but was dealt a significant defeat in 2010 when he lost to GOP Sen. Sean Nienow by nearly 13 points. Olseen had beaten Nienow by about 1 percent four years earlier.
In registering for his House run, Olseen will look to win a seat that’s centered around Chisago County, and includes parts of North Branch, Taylors Falls and Chisago City. Click here for a map from the state.
During his time in the Senate, Olseen served on a number of committees, including the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications and State and Local Government Operations and Oversight committees along with the finance subcommittee of the Transportation Budget and Policy Division.