Cheri Pierson Yecke will toss her hat into the Sixth Congressional District ring on Sunday in Anoka, joining fellow Republican and state Senator Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater), state Rep. Jim Knobloch (R-St. Cloud), and Jay Esmay in the fray for the Republican Party endorsement.
I along with many other conservatives know and respect Yecke and Bachmann. Both are selfless public servants who have fought the good fight for years, most notably (for readers of this blog and web site) academic-based education reform. Both have fought for Gov. Pawlenty's education reform agenda, highlighted by the Profile of Learning repeal and the creation of replacement academic standards in four subject areas. The endorsing convention and possibly a primary election will present a difficult choice to Sixth District Republicans among these fine candidates (plus any other players to be named later).
May the endorsee be the best candidate to keep this seat in the Republican column; but passionate activists in the Sixth must be ready to unify quickly behind the chosen one against the DFL challenger. This advice is coming from a die-hard, 3:00 a.m. Brian Sullivan delegate who went on help elect Governor Tim Pawlenty.
UPDATE: "The most fiscally conservative Minnesota legislator," Republican state Rep. Phil "Dr. No" Krinke (R-Shoreview), announced his run for the Sixth this afternoon.