St. Cloud lawmaker to seek GOP nod

by Tim Hennagir

ECM Sun Publishers

A Wright County native and Monticello High School graduate is exploring the possibility of running for the U.S. 6th District seat, currently held by Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who will not be seeking re-election.

Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud, stated in a news release he’s excited about a run for Congress. Pederson hand-delivered a copy of his campaign release Monday afternoon during a visit to the Monticello Times.

Pederson stated: “I have practically lived in the 6th Congressional District my whole life and I have a good understanding of what working families and their employers are experiencing in this current economic environment.”

Pederson was born in Glencoe and raised near Buffalo on a farm in Maple Lake Township, where his parents still live today. He grew up attending Buffalo Covenant Church.

Currently, Pederson lives in St. Cloud, where he is vice president at Amcon Block & Precast Inc., a family business started by his father. Pederson has formed an exploratory committee to evaluate a possible congressional campaign. However, it is a bit of a formality because federal election rules will require him to file as a candidate later this month to pursue the seat.

“I’m very humbled by the great deal of unsolicited encouragement I have received from supporters to pursue this congressional seat,” he said. “I am always grateful to be able to meet the residents I aspire to serve and I am looking forward to getting this campaign started.”

Pederson has won four elections in the past six years in the 6th Congressional District: two St. Cloud City Council races and two for the Minnesota State Senate. He is currently serving his second term in the Senate and is the ranking minority member of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee and also serves on the Capital Investment and Finance Committees.