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Woodbury's Seiford intends to challenge in primary election after endorsement snub

Ron Seiford, of Woodbury.1 / 2
St. Paul businessman Anthony Hernandez, shown here at the Senate District 53 GOP endorsing convention, captured the Republican endorsement to run in the 4th Congressional District.2 / 2

A Woodbury man seeking a seat in Congress isn't letting a loss at last month's endorsing convention slow his campaign efforts.

Ron Seiford, a Republican candidate in the 4th Congressional District, said he will continue on to the August primary election.

Seiford was defeated April 21 by Anthony Hernandez, who received the district's delegates' support to run against U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-St. Paul. Hernandez, a St. Paul businessman, was elected "overwhelmingly" on the first round of voting, said Minnesota Republican Party spokeswoman Heather Rubash. Gene Rechtzigel also challenged for the endorsement.

In an email to the Bulletin, Seiford, a Woodbury financial adviser and adjunct business instructor at Globe College, said he will continue seeking signatures for his petition. If he collects 1,000 signatures in support of his candidacy, Seiford's name will automatically go on the primary ballot and the $1,000 filing fee will be waived.

He has until June 5 to collect the signatures. As of last week, Seiford said he had about 700 signatures.

Seiford said that as a newcomer to the district, he didn't expect to receive the endorsement.

"However, many people have not yet heard of me or of my intent to run in this race," he said by email. "It is a little unfortunate that the endorsement was given only a few weeks after the new district was announced."

Meanwhile, Republicans rallied behind Hernadez, including Minnesota GOP party leaders.

"Congratulations to Anthony Hernandez on receiving the Republican endorsement at (Saturday's) CD 4 Convention," said Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman - and Woodbury resident - Kelly Fenton said in a joint statement. "Anthony is devoted to our conservative principles and will work to defeat Congresswoman McCollum and bring common sense leadership back to Washington."

Seiford originally had his sights set on challenging U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Stillwater. After new district lines were released this year, she decided to run in the 6th Congressional District, while Seiford decided to campaign in his new home district.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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