Rhonda Sivarajah, the Anoka County, Minn., board chairwoman, announced Wednesday that she will run next year for the seat of retiring Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Sivarajah joins former Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer in the race. The two also were on the state Republican ballot in 2010, when Emmer won the nomination for governor -- he lost the general election -- and Sivarajah ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor.
Bachmann, now serving her fourth term in Congress, is known for her outspoken tea-party views. But Sivarajah told the reporter, "you probably would have a pretty dull life" if she’s elected, The St. Cloud Times reports.
"We have a lot of the same core beliefs," Sivarajah said. "I think the difference is maybe in the approach."
The only Democrat to join the race so far is Judy Adams, an environmental activist who calls herself the "lead-prevention lady,"
After Bachmann announced her decision to retire last month, several Minnesota Republicans told Newsmax
that would make it easier for Republicans to retain her 6th Congressional District seat.
"The one opportunity Democrats had of winning the 6th was with Rep. Bachmann running," said former state GOP Chairman Pat Shortridge.
Former Rep. Mark Kennedy, who held the district before Bachmann until running unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2006, agreed. "It's more solidly Republican than when I represented it, but it could go Democratic with a controversial Republican," he said.
Bachmann said last week she said she hasn’t ruled out running for another public office, including a reprise of her 2012 presidential bid.
"I’m not retiring. I’m not going silent," Bachmann told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "In fact, I may run for another public office. That could happen,
" Newsmax reported June 7.
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