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Anderson announces candidacy for Minnesota District 12B

GLENWOOD -- State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, has formally announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 12B.

Anderson has served for the past four years, representing constituents in Pope County and parts of Stearns and Kandoyohi counties in House District 13A.

In February, a five-judge panel released official maps showing new boundary lines for all legislative and congressional districts in the state. This redistricting places Anderson in the new District 12B which includes parts of Pope, Stearns and Douglas counties. Of the 34 townships in the district, Anderson has represented all but five during his first two terms in office. Those five townships include: LaGrand, Hudson, Lake Mary and Orange in Douglas County and Farming Township in Stearns County.

He will no longer represent the most northern township of Kandiyohi County. That region has been moved into the new District 17B, where current Rep. Bruce Vogel resides.

"I've met and worked with many constituents in this area and have thoroughly enjoyed it," said Anderson. "I look forward to getting acquainted with even more folks in the weeks and months leading up to the November election."

Anderson is a fourth generation family farmer and a lifetime resident and of Pope County.

He's a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has served as a Township Official and a County Commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2008. He currently serves on the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee; and as Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee.