DEER RIVER — DFL delegates from Senate District 5 gathered in Deer River April 12 to endorse candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives Districts 5A and 5B.
Incumbents Rep. John Persell of Frohn Township, Beltrami County in District 5A, and Rep. Tom Anzelc of Balsam Township, Itasca County in 5B, had no challengers and were unanimously endorsed.
“We have done what we promised we would do,” said Anzelc, speaking of DFL priorities like raising the minimum wage, paying back money borrowed from K-12 school districts, and responsibly balancing the state budget. “But we have important work ahead to keep Minnesota moving in the right direction,” he added.
Persell said Minnesota is becoming an example to the rest of the county for how states can turn their economies around and still provide important services and education to all citizens.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done in Minnesota,” said Persell. “We should all be proud. I’m proud to be your representative. Now we’ve got a lot to do to keep things going.”
Senator Tom Saxhaug of Grand Rapids greeted convention attendees and gave an update on the legislative session. He expected the bonding bill to be the last major business of the legislature, and several northern Minnesota projects were included in different versions of the bill.
Other convention business included the election of officers. The Senate District elected Jim Nardone of Itasca County as the chair; Pam McCrory of Beltrami County was elected as vice chair, with Mike Fall of Itasca County elected as secretary/treasurer.