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State Sen. Tarryl Clark officially jumps into 6th District House race

As expected (and predicted by MinnPost’s Eric Black two weeks ago), state DFL Sen. Tarryl Clark announced today that she has filed the paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to run for the 6th District seat in Congress.

That’s Republican Michele Bachmann’s seat.

Clark, 47, is a lawyer from St. Cloud and assistant majority leader in the state Senate.

(Elwyn Tinklenberg, a DFLer who lost to Bachmann in 2008, also plans to run again.)

In an e-mail to supporters, Clark says:

For the past few years, the 6th District’s representation in Congress has been about missed opportunities. We’ve watched opportunities slip away – opportunities to build our local infrastructure, to modernize our transportation system, and to create good jobs and a strong business climate.

It’s time to deliver more than a sound bite. Representative Bachmann’s biggest accomplishments are creating controversy instead of creating good jobs, and working the talk show circuit instead of helping working families. I am ready to go to Congress to put our community’s interests first — to fight for Minnesota’s working families, seniors, children, small business owners, and veterans.

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