Former gubernatorial candidate made it official on Wednesday: He will run for Michele Bachmann's congressional seat -- and he gave an exclusive interview to FOX 9 News to explain why he thinks he can win it.
Emmer made the announcement on Wednesday evening at the River Front and Lions Park in his hometown of Delano, Minn., and he sat down with FOX 9's Heidi Collins a few hours beforehand to discuss what he hopes to bring to Washington and how this campaign differ from his race for the governor's office.
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Ever since Bachmann announced she would not seek re-election, Republicans have been scrambling to fill her congressional seat and several hopefuls have emerged. Early on, Emmer was identified as one of the most notable possibilities to take up the spot.
During his announcement on Wednesday, Emmer said he wants to follow in Bachmann's footsteps by fighting "the ever-growing size of government."
Emmer grew up in Edina, Minn., and he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 19B -- which includes portions of Wright and Hennepin counties and the cities of Ostego, Albertville, St. Michael, Rockford, Delano, Montrose and Waverly -- from 2005 to 2011. He is also an attorney and a talk radio host.
Democrat Jim Graves narrowly lost to Bachmann in last year's election, separated by just 4,000 votes. After her announcement, however, he suspended his campaign indefinitely because he said now that Bachmann will be out of Congress, he's accomplished his mission.
Minnesota's 6th District is known to be one of the most conservative in the state.