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Rep. Kriesel: No Senate run against Sieben; House is 'more rowdy'

Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he won't run for Minnesota Senate this fall, instead favoring the "more rowdy" state House. Bulletin file photo1 / 2
Sen. Katie Sieben's legislative district was left mostly unchanged after a redistricting announcement Tuesday. File photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau2 / 2
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Rep. Kriesel: No Senate run against Sieben; House is 'more rowdy'
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State Rep. John Kriesel announced Wednesday he won't challenge Sen. Katie Sieben this fall, after he said he had been encouraged to run against the fellow Cottage Grove legislator.

Kriesel, a Republican, used Twitter to suggest he instead will run for a second House term in November.

"Thanks for the nice texts and emails, but I am not considering a MN Senate run at this time," Kriesel tweeted Wednesday morning. "The MN House is more rowdy. That's my style."

New legislative boundaries announced by a judicial redistricting panel Tuesday left Senate District 57 with a new number but with few geographic changes. However, the redrawn district will no longer include St. Mary's Point. That is home to Republican Karin Housley, who had planned a second run against Sieben after narrowly losing in 2010.

Without Housley, Republicans will be looking for a candidate to challenge Sieben in the new District 54. Likewise, Democrats need a candidate to run against Kriesel in the newly drawn House District 54A.

Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has said she plans to seek re-election.

Neither Sieben nor Kriesel returned calls for comment on the redistricting changes.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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