Jeff Erdmann, a Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN high school football coach, has announced he will be seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party (DFL) nomination for the Minnesota 2nd congressional district in 2018.
First-term Republican Jason Lewis currently holds the seat. He is a former conservative radio talk show host who won an open seat in 2016 by less than 2 point over DFLer Angie Craig. Craig is expected to run again.
The seat is considered a swing district having been won by Obama in 2012 and then narrowly by Trump in 2016.
In addition to coaching a very successful area high school football team, the 47-year-old Erdmann identifies himself as a long-time American government teacher.
“I never thought I would be running for Congress,” Erdmann said in a news release issued Wednesday. “After seeing the behavior of our politicians, especially Jason Lewis, I realized that if working Americans want proper representation, then working Americans like myself need to run for office.”
According to the Tribune-Star, “Lewis pulled off a dramatic win [in 2016] for an open seat held by long-term U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican who decided not to seek another term.” In Washington, Lewis has been a loyal Trumper embracing TrumpCare and the president’s budget proposal.
Angie Craig appears to the favourite for the Democratic Party who see a chance for a pick- up here. Coach Erdmann has a good story, but he’s probably not going to be the nominee, although who predicts anything anymore?
In March, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released digital ads targeting vulnerable House Republicans, including Lewis.
If Democrats hope to take back the House in 2018, seats like this one are a must.