Macalester College student Andrew Ojeda is running as a Republican for state representative in St. Paul’s District 64A.
Ojeda, a junior, class of ’13, works as a legislative intern at the state Capitol and has the GOP endorsement in the race.
His DFL opponent, state Rep. Erin Murphy, is seeking a third term in the heavily DFL district that includes the Mac-Groveland, Merriam Park and Summit Hill neighborhoods around the college.
Ojeda has a campaign kick-off event Thursday at Mac: 10:15 a.m. in the college’s Weyerhaeuser Chapel. Supporters there will include Minnesota Young Americans for Liberty Chairman Tim Bertram and Minnesota College Republicans Chairman Ryan Lyk.
“This campaign is about bringing people together. Republican, libertarian, independent or Democrat, the label does not matter. The people of Saint Paul are clamoring for true representation, not party affiliation. I am confident that our message of common-sense solutions, focused on getting our state’s economy back on track, will resonate with the citizens of this district.”
Budget fixes are high on Ojeda’s agenda:
“We see all around us at the fed level that if you don’t manage your budget things can happen,” he told the Mac Weekly. “Coming from California, I saw that as well. Minnesota is kind of in this transitional state where they can decide what direction they want their state to go.”