State Rep. Matt Dean of Dellwood said today he is giving strong consideration to running for the Republican endorsement for the 6th Congressional District, a seat that Michele Bachmann said she will vacate at the end of her term in 2014.
Dean, the former Republican majority leader, worked with Bachmann on her congressional races and worked with Republican legislative candidates on their races in the 6th district.
“I’m very familiar with the people in the district,” Dean said. “Obviously we want to keep this district in the category for our party. I also want to make sure we are leading the state forward in a fast-growing area.”
Dean, like other candidate possibilities, said he needs to consult with his family before making a final decision. State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer and Taxpayers League President Phil Krinkie also have said they are considering entering the race.
Dean, 47, was first elected state representative in 2004.
“I will be looking at it very closely and should know in a very short time,” he said.