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MN GOP holds First District Endorsement Convention


ALBERT LEA, Minn (KTTC) -- In the Republican party it's all for one, and one for all.

"It hasn't really been that much of a challenge to not go after my Republican competitors because I really believe that we are focused, first of all on this endorsement convention, and second of all, to defeating Tim Walz in November," said 1st District GOP candidate Aaron Miller.

At the 1st District Republican Endorsing Convention, there are three candidates pushing for themselves, but also as one.

"I'm hoping and expecting to be the nominee, but in the final analysis I want to send someone to Washington, DC that can make a real difference for people of the first congressional district," said Republican candidate Mike Benson.

From stickers, to buttons, each candidate is trying to reach out and explain what they stand for.

"We're going to be talking a whole lot about budget, and taxes, and stimulating this economy to really add new jobs to the American economy, and get people back to work," said Benson.

They explain why they are most qualified.

"I've been a foot soldier for the conservative cause since the age of 12 when I decided to run for Ronald Reagan. I have a record of national legislative achievement that goes toe-to-toe with congressman Walz. I actually put a bill through the congress that's called EFT-99 that downsized government, saved the tax payers money," explains candidate Jim Hagedorn.

They also tell what sets them apart from the rest.

"I'm a different candidate for three reasons. Number one, I've only ever worked in the private sector I haven't spent anytime working for the government. Secondly, I've got over 15 years experience in the health care industry, and that's gonna be an important background experience as we look to repeal and replace. And thirdly, as a military veteran I think that that background experience takes away a perceived positive of Mr. Walz," says Miller.

So when the dust settles, and a hand is raised, all the candidates will be for the one and he will be the one for all.

UPDATE: After securing 60% of the vote from 278 delegates, Aaron Miller is endorsed as the GOP candidate for the 1st District. 

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