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Peterson: Re-election decision will come next year

WASHINGTON — The 7th District Congressman told the Marshall Independent he’ll decide his future in January or February.

WASHINGTON — In the wake of Michele Bachmann’s retirement announcement this week, the Marshall Independent asked 12-term Rep. Collin Peterson if he’s planning to run for re-election next year:

A veteran DFLer in the state’s second most conservative district, Peterson said he is in the process of raising money for a potential campaign, but hasn’t committed to another term just yet.

“There’s always speculation about me; they’re trying to run a campaign against me to try to get me to retire,” he said. “It’s actually making me more inclined not to retire. But I never decided until January or February of an election year.”

Peterson, who turns 69 next month, said he “needs to see where things are at” in early 2014 before making his final decision on whether or not to run again and whether or not his presence in Washington will be beneficial for the country and his district.

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Peterson is a perennial target for national Republicans, evidenced by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s depolyment of a rolling billboard against him this week. But if he runs, the conservative Democrat is always considered a favorite for re-election.

Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, also told the Independent he’s confident Congress will pass a new long-term farm bill this session. Federal farm policy expires in September.

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