Brad Finstad, a fourth-generation resident of the New Ulm area, who formerly served as President Donald Trump’s State Director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota, has declared his run for Congress in the special election for Minnesota’s 1st District.
Finstad has already received endorsements from former Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum and former House Republican Leader Marty Seifert. Said Finstad in a press release: “People in southern Minnesota believe in supporting representatives who share their values and will fight for their way of life. I am proud to have the endorsement of these two great southern Minnesota leaders.”
Finstad is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in agriculture education with an emphasis in rural leadership development. He has served as state director for USDA Rural Development, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, executive director of the Center for Rural Policy & Development, area director with the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and three terms representing Brown, Watonwan, and Redwood counties in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
The Republican primary is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 with the special election to be held Tuesday, Aug. 9.