Darrel Trulson of Chisago City — who owns a graphic design business and has been an associate pastor — says he’ll seek the Republican endorsement to take on U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 8th Congressional District.
Oberstar has been in Congress since 1974, but Trulson told the Brainerd Dispatch that he thinks it’s time for a change, and hopes others agree.
“The families that I talk with and the people supporting me have been very encouraging,” he said. “There’s a growing dissatisfaction among the Democratic base.”
Trulson told the paper that he’ll emphasize the economy and health care in his campaign:
He said the proposed health care reform now going through Congress would plunge the U.S. further and further into debt. He would call for tort reform and empowering individuals to buy health care insurance outside of their own state.
“Washington is taking an ax to a problem that needs a scalpel,” Trulson said.
He said the incumbent is dragging his feet on help that could go to mining firms and is trying to please both unions and environmentalists.