AUDIO: Perske still weighing political future

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Aug 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

SARTELL, Minn. (KNSI) Sartell Mayor Joe Perske says he's having a tough time deciding whether to become a Congressional candidate for the seat that's being vacated by Representative Michele Bachmann next year.

Joe Perske has been weighing a bid for several weeks now. Perske says his political future recently took a back seat to family matters.

He walked his daughter down the aisle for her wedding this past weekend. Now he says it's time to, "focus back in on the political side."

Perske says one factor that will weigh in his decision is whether he has an appetite to join a race that could get negative. He says his daughter and wife are "very concerned about the negative side of politics," and how that will affect the family.

Perske was elected Sartell mayor in 2010, and before that, spent six years on the city council.

Perske has indicated that if he runs in the Sixth District, he'll seek the Democratic Party endorsement. Right now, the only D-F-L candidate is environmental activist Judy Adams of Circle Pines.

Perske was elected Sartell mayor in 2010. Before that, he served six years on the city council. 

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