Erika Cashin to Run for Congress in MN-02
Highly Decorated Air Force Veteran of 24 Years Seeks GOP Endorsement to Defeat Angie Craig
Apple Valley, Minnesota – Erika Cashin, a 24-year veteran of the US Air Force, current Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, former Commander, 934th Force Support Squadron, nationally recognized advocate for women veterans, and human resource executive, announced today she will run for Congress in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. Cashin will seek Republican endorsement to challenge freshman Democrat Angie Craig.
“Despite campaigning as a moderate, Angie Craig continues to be aligned with the most extreme elements of her party on issue after issue,” said Cashin. “She does not represent the centrist or center-right core of our district, and her focus has been lost on the things most important to her constituents. As a veteran who has taken the oath of office to defend our country for nearly 25 years, and administered the oath to hundreds of service members, I’m appalled that Angie Craig would invoke the oath of office as justification for her partisan political agenda of impeaching the president,” Cashin stated.
Born and raised in a blue-collar family in Duluth, Cashin graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in International Relations. Upon graduation, she married John Cashin, a Navy Diver, and the couple followed the call of duty to naval stations in New Hampshire, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Whitbey Island Washington. While stationed in GTMO, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University.
After joining the Air Force in 1996, she attended Officer Training School in Alabama, and career specialty training in Mississippi, followed by duty stations to include the 58th Special Operations Wing in New Mexico, as well as roles in Wisconsin and Texas. The family moved back to Minnesota in 2008 when Cashin became Commander of the 934th Force Support Squadron, 934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis, commanding over 200 military and civilian employees.
“I’m new to politics, but not new to leadership, having honorably served presidents from both parties. I’m an innovator, a disruptor of the status quo. And I’ve used these skills to rally people together and inspired them to accomplish shared goals, from grassroots to international achievements. These are the same skills I’ll bring to Congress on behalf of families in the Second Congressional District,” stated Cashin.
Erika and John Cashin have been married 28 years and have two children, Cameron, 20, and Delaney, 18. The family lives in Apple Valley.