State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) may face a Democratic challenger in this November's election.
Dan Olson of Clayton began circulating his nomination papers on Friday and says he is close to gaining the 400 signatures needed to get on the ballot. In fact, Olson said he is shooting for 500 signatures by Wednesday.
Olson, who is a St. Croix Falls High School social studies teacher and Iraq War veteran, said he is seeking office because the area is being "torn apart by partisan politics."
"Our elected officials are chosen to represent their constituents, but I don't feel the people living in the 10th Senate District are being represented by Sheila Harsdorf any longer. They are being represented by ALEC and its ultra-conservative playbook intent on dividing the people of our great state," Olson said. "I want to return our state to a time when we were willing to work and solve problems together. Compromise is not a weakness; it's a strength on which our great state was built."