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Nolan to challenge Bachmann for 6th congressional district seat

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Mar 9, 2012 at 11:13 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud attorney and former House candidate Anne Nolan has announced she'll challenge St. Cloud congresswoman Michele Bachmann this November to represent Minnesota's 6th District.

The Democrat Nolan announced her campaign in a press release Thursday. An official kick-off event to her pursuit of the nomination was set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the St. Cloud Public Library.

Nolan said her campaign would focus on proposals aimed at the wallets and pocketbooks of St. Cloud citizens.

ANNE NOLAN FOR CONGRESS: Candidate website on Nolan's bid to challenge Michele Bachmann for Minnesota's 6th congressional district seat

"Everybody already knows Rep. Bachmann and what see stands for, so you don't have to spend any time defining your opponent," Nolan said. "It gives you the opportunity to talk about the issues that people really care about, which I think are the economic issues. It's a great year to do that because the Occupy movement has already been raising really interesting issues about how we fix our economy."

Nolan said she was inspired to run by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"What do we do about the fact that we have so much student loan debt in the country now that it actually exceeds our credit card debt? That's holding people back from buying homes and buying cars and starting families and that's a drag on our economy too," Nolan said.

Nolan says she'll abide by the DFL endorsement at the district DFL convention on April 14. So far, she is the only declared Democratic candidate against Bachmann.

Nolan works for WFC Resources, which provides consulting and training for employers to create more supportive and effective workforces.

Nolan has run twice for state House positions and lost, falling most recently to current Rep. Steve Gottwalt in 2010.

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