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'Rugged individualist' Wackerfuss seeks DFL nomination

Mark Wackerfuss said he's seeking the Democratic endorsement in House District 56B.

Mark Wackerfuss has his sights trained on the Minnesota Capitol.

The Woodbury Democrat announced last week that he will be seeking the Democratic endorsement for House District 56B - the seat currently occupied by Rep. Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury.

Wackerfuss said while it's likely the district will take on a new look once updated House and Senate district lines are released, he intends to serve the Woodbury area - no matter the complexion of the new political landscape.

The St. Paul schoolteacher and Woodbury resident described himself as "a rugged individualist" and said he's seeking state office to strengthen the economy by strengthening the middle class.

"I'm tired of the perception that no one's looking out for the middle class in Woodbury and the rest of our state," he said.

Wackerfuss, who ran an unsuccessful bid in 2010 for Woodbury City Council, said he has "some good ideas" for job creation, but said he would "not get into it now." He also said he has outlined a plan to reduce foreclosures.

With different politicians representing the far left and the far right, those in the middle class have been getting the short shrift.

"I'm looking out for regular folks," he said.

Topping the 50-year-old's priorities is job creation, saying "a disconnect exists today which is breaking of the basic bargain of linking pay to productivity.

"I believe that by taking a proactive approach, everyone can contribute to a recovery of jobs and our economy for everyone in Woodbury, Minnesota and our nation," Wackerfuss said in a prepared statement.

Other priorities include environmental protection, education and ensuring strong Social Security and Medicare programs exist for seniors.

He said he's opposing current GOP representation because of fundamental differences.

"I will stand up for working families in Woodbury and in Minnesota to level the playing field so all of us have an opportunity to succeed," he said.

Wackerfuss clarified that he indeed seeks to run in the House, despite the listing on the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board's website that lists him as a Senate District 56 candidate.

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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