Former DFL House Rep. Will Morgan is hoping to make a comeback in 2012.
On Monday, Morgan said he would seek the Democratic endorsement for House District 56B, an area that now falls under the purview of Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, a Lakeville Republican now largely boxed out of her own town by the .
Morgan said his decision to run again was influenced by persistent political turmoil that has characterized the last 12 months at the state capitol. Morgan said he was also disturbed by the GOP's cuts to education and the party's unwillingness to negotiate with Democrats. He promised, if elected, to bring back a spirit of pragmatic bipartisanship.
"We need to get back to the way it was, when the DFL house and senate were willing to compromise with a Republican governor," Morgan said. "That kind of cooperation is sorely in need right now. People don't like the gridlock and don't like them wasting time on divisive social issues."
Morgan, a science teacher at Burnsville High School, is no stranger to the vicissitudes of electoral politics. In 2004, Morgan took on sitting Republican Rep. Duke Powell. He lost that time around, taking 47.2 percent of the vote to Powell's 49.5 percent. Undaunted, Morgan ran again in 2006, beating Powell with 53 percent of the vote.
After two terms, Morgan was defeated in 2010 by Republican Rep. Pam Myhra, who won the seat by 472 votes.
It's unclear who Morgan's opponent might be in November. Most of Holberg's constituency falls outside her new district, and Holberg hasn't made her intentions known. By contrast, Morgan represented about half of his new district during his time in office.
"I'm encouraged by that. I think that will work well," Morgan said. "I'm looking forward to meeting some new folks."