Tim Gieseke, of rural Nicollet County, announced Dec. 27 that he's considering a run for District 19A as an Independence Party candidate and expects to make a final decision in the next week or so.

The District 19A seat was vacated by Terry Morrow who has taken a job in Chicago.

North Mankato resident Robin Courrier announced Dec. 26 that she will seek the DFL endorsement the District 19A seat.

According to a press release from Gieske:

During the last couple of decades Gieseke has worked for local government and non-profit organizations and currently runs his own business, Ag Resource Strategies. During his career, Gieseke has been involved with local, state and federal policy issues related to agriculture, renewable energy and the environment and has testified at the legislature on these issues.

Since he began his business in 2007, Gieseke worked with clients such as the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and currently is working at the national level with organizations such as the Chesapeake Bay Group and the United Nations Foundation.

“My political philosophy is based on 'a bit less government of the state and a bit more governance by the practitioners' – those people in the trades that are keeping the economy running. In the last five years my business has shown this to be successful at addressing such contentious issues such as agriculture and water at the farm level, and now it is getting noticed at the national level,” Gieseke said in the release..

Gieseke said he believes the Independence Party’s platform provides the opportunity to carry this shared governance perspective to the state capital to address other issues as well.

Gieseke said he is confident he can do the job, but with the sudden opening he is still exploring the details of the commitment and organizing his support. Gieseke, his wife, Jenny, and their three boys reside in Brighton Township and manage a 125-acre farm operation.

Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy

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