DFL newcomer to challenge GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson

A new face in DFL politics plans a 2016 challenge to GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson in Rochester’s District 26.

Elliot Culp, who worked as a DFL field organizer for southeastern Minnesota in 2014, says he’s running against Nelson because he wants to help shepherd Rochester’s $6 billion Destination Medical Center public/private development over the next 20 years, according to the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Culp is now executive director of Lake City’s Economic Development Authority.

He’s newly registered with the state Campaign Finance Board as a candidate. The paper says he’s a Rochester Mayo High School grad with a bachelor’s degree in religion at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

Nelson, the incumbent, served in the state House in 2003-2004, and was elected to the state Senate in 2011 and reelected in 2013.

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