Republicans are on the hunt for a candidate to challenge four-term DFL Congressman Tim Walz in Minnesota’s 1st District, and some operatives have set their sights on Republican state Sen. Jeremy Miller.
Miller, who lives in Winona and is serving his second term in the Senate, said he is considering a run for the seat after being approached by “more than one person and some major players” in the district. He plans to make his decision in the next few weeks in order “to be fair to everyone” who is considering a run as a Republican in the district.
“I’ve been approached by a few different people to consider running for the 1st Congressional District. A this point I’m still exploring that opportunity,” Miller said. “I’m certainly honored to be approached or considered for that type of position, but at this point I have not made any final decisions.”
Miller said a major consideration for him is his young family. Miller and his wife, Janel, have one son and are expecting twin boys in August. “I think I need to be convinced to run, and I think my wife would need even more convincing at this point,” Miller said. “It would be a huge commitment to run for the 1st Congressional District, and at this point I’m looking at all the different options to see what we would want to do.”
No other GOP candidates have publicly declared intentions to run against Walz in 2014. Walz beat GOP candidate Allen Quist by more than 15 points last fall.