A roundup of Tuesday’s political candidate news:
- In the 2nd Congressional District, Burnsville construction contractor Dan Powers, a DFLer, will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline, who has represented the district in the southern Twin Cities and rural counties to the south since 2002. Powers ran for the seat in 2008 but dropped out to endorse Steve Sarvi, who later lost the bid to beat Kline.
- In the 3rd Congressional District, DFLer Maureen Hackett, a physician and forensic psychiatrist from Minnetonka, will challenge first-term Republican Erik Paulsen. Also seeking DFL endorsement in that race is Jim Meffert, president of the Minnesota PTA. Hackett said she will abide by the party endorsement.
- Republican state Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel, who’s held state office since 1986, won’t seek another term. He represents parts of Meeker, McLeod and Wright counties and was one of eight Republican lawmakers who challenged their party by voting to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s transportation tax veto in 2008. Besides Dille, only three of eight are still in office.