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Sundin announces re-election bid

District 11A State Representative Mike Sundin (DFL) announced Tuesday that he will run for re-election for his District 11A seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Sundin has represented the district since he was first elected in 2012.

“This is absolutely the greatest job I’ve ever had, it’s been so rewarding on a different levels,” Sundin said, adding that he’s worked on many projects for local communities since he was elected, including financing for the Big Lake Sanitary District — which will connect a pressurized sewer pipeline that will connect to the WLSSD system — and the enhanced equalization financing for Moose Lake Schools. Voters in the Moose Lake School District chose to take advantage of the legislation that has the state of Minnesota picking up 60 percent of the cost of the new school complex.

“I do take pride in these tangible achievements, but there are also some notable efforts that have improved the human condition for Minnesotans,” Sundin added. “Keeping the Liberalis Care facility open means that chemically dependent women will continue to treated as patients on the road to recovery. The TEXT4Life Suicide Hotline legislation has financed the effort to help teens during the critical moments of a crisis situation, a program that was born in Carlton County and now serves the entire state.”

The 58-year-old Sundin resides in Esko with his wife, Terry, and dog, Gus. Sundin grew up in International Falls and then Grand Rapids, before moving to Cloquet in 1977. He was involved in coaching while his boys were growing up and in his building trades union. He’s been active in politics for a long time, and decided to run for office in 2011 (for a 2012-13 term) when the redistricting created an entirely new district for Cloquet.

Minnesota Legislative District 11A includes all of Carlton County, two townships in Pine County, and five Townships in St. Louis County. The election for the legislative seat will take place Nov. 8.

“I hope the voters of our district send me back to St Paul to continue the effort to keep Minnesota the best state to live and raise a family in,” Sundin said.