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Freundschuh will seek District 58 seat

Mike Freundschuh has never held elected office, but he’s already played a part in getting a bill passed in the Minnesota Legislature.

The Lakeville resident, who announced this week he plans to seek the Republican endorsement for Senate in District 58, was involved in the passage in 2009 of a bill that formed the Nonprofit Insurance Trust. The trust helps provide insurance for nonprofit organizations that otherwise struggle to find coverage.

It was the process of getting that bill passed that sparked Freundschuh’s interest in elected office. He was too busy with his own business to run then, but when Sen. Dave Thompson announced last month that he did not plan to run again, Freundschuh saw an opportunity.

“I wasn’t in a position to run then, but I am now,” he said.

Freundschuh said family and friends have been supportive. His sons will help run his insurance business if he is elected, and he plans to recruit his five grandchildren to put up signs and walk in parades.

After 30 years in the insurance business, health care is an important issue for Freundschuh. He believes the Affordable Care Act and MNSure are “not viable long-term solutions.”

He also wants to see limits on gun control efforts.

“I believe in second amendment rights,” he said. “People should be able to buy guns with certain restrictions.”

A veteran, Freundschuh also believes government can do a better job caring for the men and women who have served.

“I don’t believe we’re doing a real good job of taking care of them,” he said. “They’re falling through the cracks.”

Freundschuh is running as a Republican, but he prefers not to draw clear lines between the two sides, he said. He would rather work with everyone to make good decisions.

“It just drives me nuts when I see party line votes,” he said. “I can’t believe we can’t come up with common ground.”

Freundschuh is the third Republican to announce a run for the seat Thompson will vacate at the end of the year. Farmington School Board member Melissa Sauser and Farmington City Council member Tim Pitcher are also seeking the endorsement. Lakeville mayor Matt Little, a Democrat, is also running.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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