St. Paul, Minn. — Marshall City Council member David Sturrock is seeking the Republican endorsement to run against 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson.
Sturrock teaches political science at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Sturrock teaches political science and is a city councilor in Marshall. He moved to the area in 1996 from New York and was born in California.
He says if he's elected, he would be an ally of President George W. Bush.
"My campaign will talk directly with the people of the 7th District about my vision of supporting President Bush in winning the war against terrorism, holding the line against liberal tax and spending increases, and helping western Minnesota compete for the jobs and opportunities which will keep our young people home," he said.
Sturrock criticized Peterson for supporting San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.
"He had alternatives to pick or support Democratic leadership candidates who were more moderate and probably more in line with our values and interests in western Minnesota, he passed up those alternatives, went out of his way to stand up and endorse a very liberal leader from another part of the country," he said.
Sturrock didn't point to any specific policy issues on which his views differed from Bush, but said the president occasionally needed to be reminded that rural areas were overlooked.
He said he would raise and spend "whatever it takes to get the job done." Congressman Peterson says he and Pelosi agree on their opposition to provisions in the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and both have concerns about the No Child Left Behind Act. He says his voting record shows he's a moderate to conservative Democrat who represents the values of the 7th District.
The Associated Press contributed to this report