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Angie Craig officially announces run against Rep. Kline

Craig has been an executive at St. Jude Medical, and says she’ll seek the DFL endorsement to run in the 2nd District against Republican Kline.

Angie Craig made it official today: She’ll seek the DFL endorsement to run in 2016 against Republican Rep. John Kline in the 2nd District.

Craig, who’s been an executive at St. Jude Medical, said she’ll abide by the party endorsement. She has stepped back from her executive team duties at St. Jude, but remains involved with the company while running her campaign.

Kline has been in office for seven terms, first winning in 2002. He’s chair of the Education and the Workforce Committee and serves on the Armed Services Committee. He served in the Marine Corps for 25 years before being elected to Congress.

In her official announcement, Craig said:

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As someone who grew up in a trailer park and worked my way to the boardroom, I know that every family has potential and that every family deserves a chance to succeed. In Congress, I will work to protect public education, make college more affordable, ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create jobs, and keep our promises to our seniors and those nearing retirement age. John Kline has had his chance to put middle class families first and he has failed. We deserve better.

Craig and her wife, Cheryl Greene, live in Eagan and have four sons. She said she’s a member of the Eagan Rotary and board member of  Open Arms of Minnesota. She’s been precinct chair of the DFL Senate District 51  and previously served on the boards of womenwinning, the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Life Science Alley and the Twin Cities American Heart Association (AHA).