Created: 02/27/2014 11:03 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- A new Republican is throwing his hat in the ring for the Minnesota house seat currently held by Democrat Jean Poppe.
Dennis Schminke announced his candidacy at a campaign kickoff event in Austin on Thursday. With the district traditionally leaning towards Democrats, Schminke says he knows it will be an uphill battle.
"Our goal in the campaign is to reach out to some of the people in the middle and get them to think about particularly some of the things that the DFL did in the last legislative session that maybe aren't working as well," he said.
Schminke said he strongly opposes plans for a new $90 million senate office building, and wants to try to reverse some of the effects of Affordable Care Act.