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Sorensen seeks DFL endorsement in District 2A

Soren Sorensen

BEMIDJI—Local activist Soren Sorensen has announced his bid for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party's endorsement in the race for Minnesota House of Representatives District 2A.

Sorensen, a resident of Port Hope Township, said he's long been interested in running for state office and decided he could represent the area well.

"Having knocked on so many doors for area politicians, I had always been curious," Sorensen said. "I've knocked on enough doors to do it and I feel I have the best interests of the landscape and the people that inhabit it at heart."

Sorensen said his activism began more than a decade ago, as he became increasingly alarmed at conflicts in the Middle East.

"I got involved and started knocking on doors to try and help elect somebody other than (President George) Bush," Sorensen said.

Since then, Sorensen said he's been involved in politics in many elections, including working as part of campaign staffs to help elect democrats in other areas of Minnesota.

Along with his activism, Sorensen said he also has a background in biology and agriculture, having studied those fields at the University of Minnesota.

If he were to win the endorsement and go on to earn the House seat, Sorensen said he would support the creation of regional markets in Greater Minnesota for capital through equity crowdfunding as a way to boost local entrepreneurs. Additionally, Sorensen said he supports more affordable access to broadband, clean water, family farms, workers' rights to organize and efforts to deal with issues related to poverty.

The DFL will hold its endorsing convention for Senate District 2 on Saturday, March 17, at Mahnomen High School, located at 209 First St. S. The other candidate seeking the DFL endorsement in District 2A is Farden Township resident Michael Northbird.

District 2A includes most of Hubbard and Clearwater counties, all of Lake of the Woods County and north and west Beltrami County.

The district is currently represented by Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook.

Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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