- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Rep. John Kline will see challenges from both sides of the aisle if he chooses to run for re-election in 2016.

A vice president at a medical device company and Kline’s challenger in the 2014 Republican primary both announced Monday they will run for the 2nd District seat, which covers the south Twin Cities metro area.

Angie Craig is vice president for global human resources at St. Jude Medical. She’ll step down next month to prepare her campaign but will stay active in the medical device company’s workforce development and diversity efforts.

Craig said her background will help her advocate for Minnesota residents and ensure they have access to affordable health care and quality postsecondary education.

David Gerson lost the Republican endorsement for Kline’s seat last year. He’s worked in the private sector for more than two decades but is already campaigning full time.

Gerson thinks Kline has allowed Republican leaders in Washington to stray from party goals by growing government and prioritizing lobbyists and special interest groups.

“We need to hold incumbents accountable,” Gerson said. “We’re running because he’s not representing us.”

A Kline spokesman did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

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