Parry endorses Benson

WASECA – Former Sen. Mike Parry endorsed Rep. Mike Benson (R-Rochester) in the race to be the official Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District.

Parry, who previously ran in the 1st District but was defeated in the primary, said he supports Benson as “the guy who gets it.” He said that he has been impressed with Benson standing strong on issues and seeking to the right thing for his constituents.

Parry was previously considered a potential candidate in the 1st District race prior to his endorsement this week. He was also previously looked at for a potential gubernatorial run.

“You won’t see my name on any ballot in 2014,” said Parry.

Parry said he plans to focus on fundraising for Benson as an average citizen and potentially hosting events for the candidate.

Parry said he is open to running for office in future election years.

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