Walz challenger coming to Austin

Published 11:52 am Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Byron man will be in Austin Wednesday to introduce himself after announcing his 2014 candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives.

Aaron Miller, a Republican, will be at the Austin Public Library at noon Wednesday.

“As a husband, father and veteran, I know America can do better,” Miller said in a press release. “We have a Congress that does not live by its own laws, is unable to pass balanced budgets, and votes against what working Americans want. It’s time for a change in how Washington does business.”

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Miller is running in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District represented by Democrat Tim Walz, but Miller could face several well-known politicians in the Republican primary.

While the only other candidate to officially announce a run is state Rep. Mike Benson, R-Rochester, former Sen. Mike Parry, who unsuccessfully ran in the 2012 Republican primary for the 1st District, and Jim Hagedorn, who unsuccessfully ran in the 2010 Republican endorsement convention, are still weighing their options. Parry is also considering a run for Minnesota’s Secretary of State or for governor.

Former Sen. Al DeKruif, of Madison Lake, withdrew this week from the Republican race.

Miller and his wife, Jennifer, live in Byron where they are raising two daughters, Abigail and Emily. Aaron is an account manager with more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, according to his website. He serves as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Reserves and has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and East Africa.


—The Associated Press contributed to this report.