State Representative Jim Abeler has announced that he will run for the US Senate in 2014. The Anoka Republican has served 15 years in the legislature and chaired the House Human Services Committee. Abeler calls himself a problem-solver, and says he is needed in Washington DC. Abeler says he plans to run a positive campaign, and does not want to criticize incumbent Senator Al Franken. Dakota County businessman Mike McFadden is the only other GOP candidate to launch a campaign for U-S Senate at this time.