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Kittelson vies for Congress

Goodhue resident Roger Kittelson announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday, hoping to fill the slot vacated by Rep. John Kline, who announced his decision not to seek re-election in September.

In a statement provided to the RE, Kittelson explained his interest in the soon-to-be vacated congressional seat due to his “strong interests in protecting our senior citizens, urban and rural family businesses, and workers from unfair trade deals,” as he seeks the endorsement from the Democratic Farmer Labor party.

Kittelson also supports a single-payer health care system to “provide better health care at lower costs to all of our residents,” according to the release.

As a student at the University of Minnesota, Kittelson participated in one congressional internship, which was followed by a DFL-endorsed run in Goodhue County against state House incumbent Steve Sviggum of Kenyon in 1982. Kittelson was endorsed by Democrats for a U.S. Congress run in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in 2008, and won the primary election.

The father of four, with one grandchild, spent the majority of his professional career in the dairy industry – 33 years – and two years of rural banking, according to the release.

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