Jim Hovland interested in 3rd district - as DFL'er!

Edina mayor may run for Congress ... as a DFLer - Jim Hovland, who's eyeing Ramstad's seat, says the GOP has moved too far right


Edina Mayor Jim Hovland is a good example of the conflicted and wide-open political nature of the metro area's western suburbs.

A longtime Republican, he is not shy about expressing frustration over what he sees as the extreme nature of the Republican Party these days, calling it "a marching progression to a more consolidated base and a smaller party."

He supports abortion rights and mass transit. He's also thinking about running to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, who announced his retirement after nine terms.

And if Hovland runs, he'll run as a DFLer. Hovland said Friday that he had switched parties.

Earlier CFG: DFL Sen. Terri Bonoff to run for Ramstad seat

Who will run as the Republican?

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