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Yecke Bid Likely in CD-6


Former state education commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke is sizing up a run for Congress in the Sixth District should Rep. Mark Kennedy take a shot at the Senate in 2006.

Yecke's interest, which she expressed in an interview Monday, puts her on a growing list of potential GOP candidates jockeying behind the scenes in case the Kennedy seat becomes vacant. Kennedy, who recently won a third term, has been mum on his political plans. But he is widely expected to enter the race against Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton.

"It's beyond scouting for the seat. I am very interested in that seat," Yecke said. Other Republicans said to be interested in running for the seat are Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, state Sen. Michele Bachmann, state Rep. Jim Knoblach and state Rep. Phil Krinkie.

The 6th District stretches from the St. Cloud area across the northern Twin Cities suburbs to the Stillwater area. It includes all or most of Anoka, Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright counties.

Only eight months ago, Yecke suffered a major political defeat when the Minnesota Senate voted along party lines to remove her from the commissioner's post. Yecke, who stressed her conservative views in the interview, said she fits the district. She cited her opposition to abortion rights and her embrace of a tax philosophy that leads to smaller government, among other things.


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