Former Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman made a stop in Mankato Tuesday in his bid for the Minnesota Attorney General seat in the upcoming election.

The DFL candidate said leading the state’s consumer protection and law enforcement agency for seven years makes him the best qualified for the position, and vowed to continue to protect the state’s most vulnerable and, “The bottom line is that we need to do everything to stop, and I will work hard and continue to work hard as attorney general to stop, financial abuse and exploitation, physical abuse and exploitation and to make sure that our seniors throughout the state of Minnesota are protected.”

Another high-profile issue in the state of late has been insurance, in many forms. Rothman pointed to an action taken as commerce commission that impacted many Minnesota families trying to battle big insurance companies, “Who owed Minnesotans life insurance proceeds and held them in their coffers. So we collected over $200 million on behalf of Minnesotans and got that money back to them.”

Health insurance has also been a top priority for voters, and Rothman said that includes not just how much it costs but whether people have access to it. “In rural areas in southern Minnesota that access is very problematic. We need to have not only improved health care and accessibility but also lower insurance rates,” he said.

On the DFL side, Rothman will face a primary challenge from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, State Representative Debra Hillstrom, former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley, and party-endorsed candidate Matt Pelikan.

Republicans Sharon Anderson – who has run unsuccessfully for Mayor of St. Paul, the Minnesota Senate, the St. Paul City Council, and for A-G in 2010 — former State Representative and GOP endorsed candidate Doug Wardlow, and longtime former State Senator Robert Lessard will also face off against one another in the August primary.