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Rick Olson, a Prior Lake resident and former Michigan state legislator, recently announced his candidacy as an independent for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

According to a press release from the candidate, Olson intends to force the state’s conservative candidates to sign a Statement of Truths.

“The lies of the 2020 presidential election being stolen must stop. We must take America back from those who continue those lies and those who enable those lies through their silence,” stated Olson. “I am speaking of my Republican office-seeking colleagues who follow Donald Trump and refuse to accept the truth about the 2020 election. A ‘real’ Republican who adheres to the philosophy and honesty of Ronald Reagan does not threaten our republic by spreading misinformation and accepting the lies of a stolen election.”

Olson, a lifelong Republican, was also an attorney for the Republican Caucus in the Washington State House and was elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2011 and 2012 (he did not seek another term because of re-districting), according to the release.

According to the press release, Olson intends to force conservative office seekers to stand up to the strident base of the GOP by publicizing their beliefs regarding the 2020 election results. He says Republicans who refuse to tell the truth demean their office and demonstrate that they are unqualified to retain the people’s trust and confidence and, thus, should not get anyone’s vote.

“We must take America back from our major political parties whose candidate selection processes drive the candidates to the extremes, and rather than bringing us together to cooperatively solve our shared problems, divide us into warring camps,” he said.

The 2nd Congressional race also includes incumbent Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Republican candidate Tyler Kistner.