Former Minnesota Representative Randy Demmer, who nearly edged U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the 2010 election, has announced he will not run in 2012 for Walz’s seat.
Demmer, a Republican from Hayfield, said in an interview Friday that he chose not to run because the demands of running a campaign would force him to quit his job
at Construction Ventures Inc. in Winona, where he began working in April as director of business operations.
“I felt the opportunity to be a part of a company with a lot to offer is something I couldn’t pass up,” Demmer said. “I’m a private-sector guy.”
In 2010 Walz narrowly won re-election, taking 49 percent of the vote in a four-way race. Demmer led the Republican field with 44 percent. Prior to deciding to run against Walz, Demmer represented District 29A in southeast Minnesota for nine years.
State Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, is running against Walz for the First District seat. State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, has also expressed interest.
Walz, a Democrat from Mankato, Minn., was elected in 2006 in the politically moderate district when he upset six-term Republican Gil Gutknecht.