From MPR’s Conrad Wilson…
A Minnesota businessman has entered the race to challenge Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Jim Graves told supporters today in St. Cloud that he plans to seek the DFL endorsement in the state’s 6th Congressional District.
Graves lives in Minneapolis, but grew up in the St. Cloud area and says he’ll establish residency there. He started Graves Hospitality, a hotel management company with hotels in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York. He says 6th District residents need more jobs and higher wages.
“This is a very serious job and I think the 6th District deserves someone full-time that can roll up their sleeves. And believe me, we will,” Graves said. “I will stand toe to toe, face to face, bring out the facts and debate with Michele Bachmann what’s best for the 6th District.”
St. Cloud attorney Anne Nolan and Twin Cities businessman Brian McGoldrick are also seeking the DFL endorsement. Graves says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll seek the nomination in the primary if he doesn’t get the endorsement.
You can listen to Graves announcement here: