Powers announces Kline challenge

Democrat Dan Powers plans to challenge four-term U.S. Rep. John Kline in next year’s election.

Powers lives in Burnsville and owns a small remodeling business.

"As a small business owner I found out how hard it can be to run a business and what obstacles can be placed in your way by government," he said. "As an independent contractor I saw the holes and traps that can snare even the diligent. I have felt how health care costs have soared with no end in sight. It is time for a change."

Powers, who announced his candidacy at the state Capitol complex this morning, faces a tough task. Kline has won his last three re-election bids with at least 56 percent of the vote in the district in the southern part of the Twin Cities and in more rural areas to the south of that. Kline has become the top House education Republican.

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