Walz to seek nod from DFL Party

Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 20, 2014

First District U.S. House Rep. Tim Walz will seek his bid for re-election on Saturday during the 1st Congressional District DFL Party convention in Faribault.

Delegates elected from around the 1st District, which stretches across the southern part of the state, will elect new officers and committee members and hear from DFL candidates running for legislative and statewide offices.

The convention starts at 10 a.m. at Faribault Middle School, with registration at 8:30 a.m.

Walz, of Mankato, has held the congressional seat since January 2007.

Since winning against six-term incumbent Gil Gutknecht in 2006, Walz has won re-election with margins ranging from 5 percent to 23 percent, according to a DFL news release.

He has served on the House Agriculture Committee, the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Walz has authored or supported several bills related to veterans, along with the STOCK Act. Most recently, he played a part in passing the new, bi-partisan Farm Bill.

Walz, a teacher and veteran, will face off against Republican Aaron Miller, who received the GOP endorsement earlier this month.

Miller is a senior account hospital manager with Revo Biologic and a command sergeant major in the Army Reserves.