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Commissioner Sivarajah To Run In 6th District

06/12/2013 - 12:45 PM

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Commissioner Sivarajah To Run In 6th District

HAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The head of Anoka County's governing board is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah announced Wednesday that she's joining the race, stressing her credentials as a fiscal conservative. The Republican field now features two players from the 2010 governor's race.

Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, his party's 2010 nominee for governor, has declared a campaign already in the 6th Congressional District. Sivarajah was the running mate to a GOP lawmaker whom Emmer beat in an endorsing contest that year. Sivarajah says she has proven she can deliver - not just talk about - conservative results.

On the Democratic side, Circle Pines environmental activist Judy Adams says she's running. The party has strong Republican leanings. Bachmann isn't seeking a fifth term.