Kurt Bills’ family, and three day care children, backed him as he signed on the bottom line Tuesday to run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
The Rosemount state representative’s four children and wife greeted him outside the secretary of state’s office before he filed paperwork to seek office. As if to punctuate his small-business background, his wife, Cindy, brought along three children they care for in their home.
After signing up, Bills declared he supports a U.S. Rep. Rand Paul plan to cap foreign aid at $5 billion, more than half of which for Israel. The plan by the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul also would eliminate or greatly reduce the footprint of federal agencies dealing with education, commerce, energy and housing.
Bills’ visit to the secretary of state’s office comes in the middle of a filing period that ends June 5. He is the only big-name candidate on the Senate ballot, but Klobuchar is expected to file after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention endorses her Saturday.
Another Republican, Robert Carney, plans to file to run against Bills, but he is not expected to be a factor. Bills Campaign Chairman Mike Osskopp said the campaign will be run against Klobuchar, not a Republican.
Two minor candidates have filed for the Democratic U.S. Senate race, frequent candidate Dick Franson and Jack Shepard, who lives in Italy because he could face arson charges in Minnesota.
The only primary election race so far for Congress comes in the 8th Congressional District, in northeastern and east-central Minnesota, where Rick Nolan and Jeff Anderson have filed paperwork to run on the Democratic ticket. Tarryl Clark also is expected to run, trying to face first-term U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack.
Besides Klobuchar’s Senate seat and all eight U.S. House seats, Minnesota voters will decide on all 201 state Legislature positions and a variety of local and judicial offices.
The governor and other statewide officials are not up for election this year.
The primary election is Aug. 14, with the general election Nov. 6.