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Hoffman announces run for Congress

Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, has announced her bid for U.S. Congress.

Hoffman told the Focus in a telephone interview she plans to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who has held the 7th Congressional District seat since 1990.

"Collin Peterson has been there more than 20 years," Hoffman said. "We need some strong people to go in there and tell the truth."

Hoffman made the decision after viewing the new legislative district maps, released Tuesday. The new district paired Hoffman and Sen. Bill Ingebrigsten, R-Alexandria, in the same district.

"I believe he (Ingebrigsten) would represent equally as well as I can," Hoffman said. "I give him my whole hearted support."

The election is Nov. 6, 2012.