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Woodbury resident tosses hat in ring for 2nd Congressional seat

Former radio talk show host Jason Lewis filed Federal Election Commission paperwork indicating that he is a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District race. 

He listed his home as Woodbury, just outside of the district, and his campaign headquarters as Cottage Grove, just inside the district. A person does not need to live in the district he or she serves in Congress.

It appears Lewis will make his official announcement next week as the fourth GOP candidate running to replace Congressman John Kline.

On his radio show’s website last Friday, Lewis said the announcement would come “very soon” and told an interviewer that his theme will be “helping this country and helping the economy.”

Lewis bills himself as “America’s Mr. Right.” He is a Waterloo, Iowa, native and received big ratings with his Twin Cities talk show before he took it national in 2009. He left the show a year ago.

Kline will not run for re-election, and the field is growing. Along with Lewis, also running for Republicans are former state Rep. Pam Myhra, David Gerson and former state Sen. John Howe. Others reportedly also are considering getting into the race. Angie Craig and Mary Lawrence are the two Democrats running in the district.

The 2nd takes in some southern Twin Cities suburbs and mostly rural areas to the south.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.