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Circle Pines environmental activist plans run in 6th District as a Democrat

Judy Adams, of Circle Pines, says she’ll seek DFL endorsment for the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Judy Adams, who’s worked as an activist on lead-abatement laws, says she’ll seek the DFL nomination to run for Congress in Minnesota’s 6th District, where GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won’t seek another term.

Adams, of Circle Pines, calls herself the “lead prevention lady,” says the St. Cloud Times.

She hasn’t run for office before but has lobbied at the Legislature to improve lead laws. She said she works  as a painter and lead remodeler; she wants to improve national lead laws in Congress and help small businesses.

Bachmann had beaten Democrat Jim Graves in 2012 by a narrow margin, and it appeared there would be a tight rematch between the two in 2014. But last month, Bachmann announced she wouldn’t seek a fifth term, and Graves bowed out of the race soon after.

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On the Republican side, former gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer has announced he’ll run in the 6th District, and several other GOP candidates are expected to join the race.