On Tuesday, Representative John Kline took to Facebook to inform the public he has chosen to endorse Darlene Miller for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District to fill his seat. Kline has represented the 2nd District of Minnesota since 2003. Kline’s name was floated as a possible replacement for former Speaker of the House John Boehner when Boehner stepped down late last year.
Miller currently serves as CEO of Permac Industries, a manufacturing company with approximately 30 employees. According to her campaign website, Miller has won a plethora of business awards, and has experiences in production and sales in the private sector.
In his post Kline cites Miller’s extensive private sector experience as one of the primary reasons he is endorsing her. “Darlene knows what it takes to create jobs in Minnesota’s 2nd District and her experience in leadership is needed in Washington,” stated Kline, adding, “she will help reign in federal spending, help combat the threat of terrorism, and get our economy moving.” He also points to her conservative values.
Miller currently finds herself in a four person race for the Republican endorsement against Former state senator John Howe, former talk show host Jason Lewis, and corporate-level manager David Gerson. Alpha News sat down with the candidates in late November after a debate, however this was prior to Miller entering the race and former state representative Pam Myhra and real-estate development assistant David Benson-Staebler leaving the race.
The primary will not take place until August 9th, six months from now to the day. Until then candidates will be campaigning tirelessly to earn their party’s endorsement and the opportunity to compete to represent the district as its congressperson in November. The winner of the party’s endorsement will face the lone Democrat candidate, party backed Angie Craig.
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