Republican Rhonda Sivarajah of Lino Lakes, announced her campaign for Congress in Minnesota’s Sixth District on June 12.
She is the second Republican to join the campaign for the seat currently occupied by Michele Bachmann, who has said that she will not seek re-election in 2014. Tom Emmer of Delano was the first to announce his candidacy to succeed Bachmann.
Locally, the Sixth District includes Delano, St. Michael, Albertville, Hanover, Rockford and Rockford Township.
Sivarajah currently is serving as chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners. (Anoka County is the largest county in the Sixth District). At her announcement event at Victory Auto Service & Glass in Ham Lake, Sivarajah highlighted her conservative record of accomplishment as chair of the Anoka County Board. “I’ll bring some common sense to Washington,” she said. “We need someone who will fight to get things done, who will make our conservative principles a reality. Washington is full of people who talk and talk and talk, but we need to send some people who know how to deliver results.”
Sivarajah’s campaign listed the Anoka County Board’s accomplishments since she was elected by her peers to serve as chair:
• Lowered the property tax levy each of the last two years
• Focused on debt reduction and did not borrow money for capital improvement projects last year (for the first time in about 15 years)
• Stood up to special interests and ended the prevailing wage ordinance for projects which were funded by property taxes Sivarajah added, “It’s time we change things in Washington and my record in Anoka County shows I’m uniquely qualified to get the job done. I look forward to continuing the conversation in all corners of the Sixth District.”