First District


Jim Hagedorn, 55

Family: Son of former U.S. Rep. Tom Hagedorn and Kathleen Hagedorn

Residence: Blue Earth

Career: Official at U.S. Treasury Department agencies, aide to former U.S. Rep. Arlan Stangeland


State Sen. Carla Nelson, 60

Family: Husband, Terry, three children

Residence: Rochester

Career: Minnesota Senate, small business owner, former member of the state House



Johnny Akzam, 45

Family: Engaged, one son

Residence: Kasson

Career: Web marketing developer and consultant


Dan Feehan, 35

Family: Wife, Amy, two sons

Residence: North Mankato

Career: Teacher, Pentagon official, White House fellow, Army veteran


Vicki Jensen, 53

Family: Husband, Trevor, three children

Residence: Owatonna

Career: Owner of independence insurance agency, state senator


Joe Sullivan, 43

Family: Wife, Kara, two daughters

Residence: Mankato

Career: Clean energy professional, attorney

Rich Wright, 49

Family: Wife, Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, three daughters

Residence: Rochester Township

Career: Volunteer attorney, city prosecutor, Army Reserve judge advocate general