Brad Finstad

Brad Finstad, a resident of the New Ulm area, who formerly served as President Donald J. Trump’s State Director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota, announced his candidacy for Congress in the special election for Minnesota’s First District. Finstad is running to replace Rep. Jim Hagedorn who passed away last month.

Finstad said, “Jim Hagedorn fought tirelessly for our conservative values and the people of southern Minnesota. I’d be proud to continue the fight for our shared values in Congress.”

Finstad is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agriculture Education. His prior positions include three terms representing Brown, Watonwan, and Redwood counties in the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving as Executive Director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Policy and Development, and Area Director with the Minnesota Farm Bureau.

Brad and his wife Jaclyn operate a family farm that has been active for generations.