AJ Kern, a small business owner and outspoken critic of US immigration policies, announced she will challenge Congressman Tom Emmer in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District. 

In an interview yesterday, Kern said the St. Cloud area is in a "death spiral" because of the influx of "English language learners."

Kern, who will seek the Republican Party of Minnesota's endorsement for Congress, announced her campaign for Congress at a presentation in St. Cloud last week by Jeffrey Baumann about the Islamic legal system, Sharia

School districts are failing, the number of rental properties are increasing, and the property values of individual homes are dropping because of refugees moving into the Sixth Congressional District, said Kern.

Kern raised strong concerns yesterday about refugees and immigrants running for political office and said a person seeking elected office in the US should not be able to have dual citizenship. 

Specifically, Kern objected to Muslims serving in elected office and she echoed previous statements made by presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who expressed concerns with a Muslim serving as president. 

Kern, who lived in Iran in the 1970's, questioned the virtues of Islam and said, "if you look at their Prophet [Muhammad], he murdered people, he raped people, he enslaved people, he molested children."

In a statement released by his campaign, Congressman Emmer said "every citizen of this great country has the right to seek public office." Emmer added, "I give my all every day to do the best job possible for all the people of the 6th district and Minnesota and will humbly ask for their continued support."

Kern moved to Minnesota in 2003 and lives in Sauk Rapids with her husband. Kern graduated from Montana State University and also has a master's degree from the University of Wyoming.  Kern served in the U.S. Army Reserve and she unsuccessfully ran for the Sauk Rapids school board in 2010. 

Picture source: AJ Kern, Office of Congressman Tom Emmer