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Another Republican could look to challenge Tim Walz

Former Republican state lawmaker Allen Quist is “leaning in the direction” of running for Congress in 2012.

“I wish to thank all the patriotic Republicans who have been encouraging me to become a candidate for First District Congress,” he wrote in a blog post on his website. “Be assured that I hear what you are saying, and I am now leaning in the direction of aggressively going for it. I will make a final decision soon.”

Quist was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1980s. He has written a series of books and is a retired adjunct professor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mantako. According a biography on his website:

Quist is currently editing and writing curriculum modules, available at, that can be used free of charge by teachers and anyone else to correct and/or supplement a variety of school textbooks. Most of these curriculum modules are based on exciting new information that will not be included in textbooks because the information contradicts politically correct worldviews including Darwinism and global warming. He and his wife Julie have ten children, 31 grandchildren and live in rural St. Peter, Minnesota.

Quist ran for the Republican nomination in the 1st District race two years ago, according to the Star Tribune, but dropped out when he didn’t get it.

Democrat Tim Walz is running for re-election next year. He already has one Republican opponent, state Sen. Mike Parry.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/02/2011 - 07:03 pm.

    Best news for Tim Walz in a long time!

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