Rosemount coach to have 2nd District campaign kickoff event

Jeff Erdmann

Jeff Erdmann, a longtime Rosemount High School civics teacher and football coach, will have a kickoff event for his 2nd District campaign on Monday at the high school.

Erdmann is seeking the DFL endorsement in the 2018 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. The seat is currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, who defeated DFL-endorsed candidate Angie Craig of Eagan in the 2016 election.

Lewis held the seat for Republicans after seven-term U.S. Rep. John Kline of Burnsville decided not to seek re-election.

“The reason I am running for Congress is because I believe a culture of success is built on respect,” Erdmann said in a letter announcing his candidacy. “America will only succeed when respect and value are placed on citizens who work hard and sacrifice every day for what they have. This needs to be brought back to the American political forefront.”

Erdmann’s kickoff will be from 7:15-8 p.m.

He has been teaching American government classes for the past 27 years, the last 17 of which he has spent in Rosemount.

He’s coached the football team for the past 11 years, taking the team to the state tournament seven times.

Erdmann was awarded the high school football coach of the year by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, and Semper Fi Coach of the Year for Minnesota by the Marines in 2015.

He was raised in Lewiston, Minnesota, where he worked summers away from college at Bay State Milling where his father also worked.

Erdmann earned his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children.

Craig said on the CrowdPAC website that she’s “strongly considering another run for Congress because this district needs a representative willing to listen to and work for them. Jason Lewis has to go.”

She has raised a few thousand dollars as of Wednesday toward a goal of $50,000 through the website, which people are directed to from angiecraig.com — her campaign website address from 2016.

Lewis has talked about running for re-election several times when referencing issues he’s currently addressing in Congress.

The most visible vote Lewis has taken since being elected was voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, which passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate.

One of Lewis’s campaign promises was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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