LYND — A southwest Minnesota native believed to be the youngest person seeking state legislative office is challenging State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, for the District 16A seat.

Doria Drost, of Lynd, who turns 21 on May 22, is the DFL-endorsed candidate to challenge the incumbent, according to a news release from her campaign.

She is currently working on a master’s of business administration after earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing and political science from Southwest State University in 2019. She is a 2017 graduate of Worthington Senior High School and Minnesota West Community & Technical College.

Drost said her campaign platform is focused on rural issues, making health care and housing more affordable, improving representation for the agricultural industry, and reforming Minnesota public education. She supports border-to-border broadband, locally owned small businesses, and efforts to improve equal and quality education, she stated in her announcement.

District 16A includes a portion of Lyon and all of Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties including the communities of Marshall, Granite Falls, the Upper Sioux Community, Canby, Dawson, and Madison.

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