Republican Darrel Trulson of Chisago City admits it's a daunting task to take on Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., in Minnesota's Eighth District but he thinks the time may be right.
"The families that I talk with and the people supporting me have been very encouraging," he said. "There's a growing dissatisfaction among the Democratic base."
Oberstar was elected to Congress in 1974. The last Republican to serve in the post served from 1939-1947.
The owner of a graphic design business, Trulson said the economy and health care will be two issues he plans to emphasize in his campaign for the seat that will be decided in November of 2010.
He said the proposed health care reform now going through Congress would plunge the U.S. further and further into debt. He would call for tort reform and empowering individuals to buy health care insurance outside of their own state.
"Washington is taking an ax to a problem that needs a scalpel," Trulson said.
He said the incumbent is dragging his feet on help that could go to mining firms and is trying to please both unions and environmentalists.
Trulson said he would support the endorsed Republican candidate in the Eighth District.
Trulson, 49, was born and raised in North Branch. He went to college out of state and lived in the Chicago area for about 30 years. While in Illinois he served as a trustee in the city of Arlington Heights, Ill., for five years. He raised his family of six children in Illinois.
The owner of Penline Productions, Trulson is the author of more than one dozen books. He graduated from both Moody Bible Institute and Trinity University. He worked as an associate pastor in Wisconsin and was later a teacher and school administrator for seven years.
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