Hegseth will make U.S. Senate run official next week

Pete Hegseth’s entry in the U.S. Senate race will become official next week, the Forest Lake High School graduate and Stillwater resident said on Wednesday. Hegseth said he would make his formal announcement mid-week.

He expects to seek the Republican endorsement in the field that to date has seen three candidates express interest in seeking the seat now filled by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat.

Hegseth returned to his home state earlier this month after completing a military tour in Afghanistan. He is also a decorated Army veteran from Iraq. He gained national exposure as executive director of Vets for Freedom and was a strong proponent of President Bush’s build-up in Iraq.