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John Carlson announces his bid for Minnesota Senate 4 during Saturday morning's Beltrami County Republican Convention at Northern Elementary School. He is making stops throughout the district Monday to announce his candidacy and meet people. Carlson ran for House 4A in 2008, a post won by Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Beltrami County Republican Convention: Carlson announces bid for Senate 4 post


John Carlson, the Bemidji Republican House 4A candidate in 2008, announced Saturday he'll seek the Senate 4 seat held by Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji.

"I learned a lot about campaigning in 2008," Carlson told 90 delegates to the Beltrami County Republican Convention. "Even though I didn't win that race, you and thousands of others supported my election in spite of the anti-Bush tsunami that swept so many Democrats into office."

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