Walz has tight grip on 1st Congressional District

The incumbent seems to have it in Minnesota’s contest for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st District seat. Tim Walz, a Democrat, teacher and retired command sergeant, took the race from challenger Allen Quist (R-St. Peter) by a margin of 24,168 votes to 19,823 in the early going Tuesday night when a little over 50 percent of the precincts were reporting. This will be a fourth term for Walz, who is most known for authoring bipartisan veterans-related bills.

Vigorous in his effort to beat Walz, Quist’s platform included a nine-prong approach to cleaning house at the federal level. His strategy was to: balance the federal budget without raising taxes; repeal ObamaCare; repeal burdensome regulations; rein in the Environmental Protection Agency; stop government Medicaid fraud; take control of the Federal Reserve; abolish the Department of Education; no foreign wars for nation building; and stop the marriage tax.

Walz is a high school teacher from Mankato. He serves on three committees in the United States House of Representatives: Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure and Veterans Affairs. He also is one of nine house members to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Minnesota’s 1st congressional district extends across southern Minnesota from the border with South Dakota to the border with Wisconsin. The First District is primarily a rural district though it contains several mid-sized cities, including Rochester, Mankato and Winona.

– Emily Bialkowski