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Peterson will seek re-election

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson, the congressman who represents a wide swath of western Minnesota, including Douglas County, announced Monday that he plans to run for re-election.

Peterson, a Democrat from Detroit Lakes, will seek his 13th term in Congress in November’s election.

He’ll likely face state Senator Torrey Westrom, a Republican from Elbow Lake who has announced his plan to seek his party’s nomination to face Peterson – a 24-year veteran who hasn’t been in a close election since 1994.

Peterson represents Minnesota’s sprawling 7th District, which covers much of western Minnesota. Early in the election cycle, he has been one of the top targets of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

He had been vocal for months about his frustration to pass a farm bill, which is part of the reason some political observers had speculated the moderate Democrat might not seek another term.

“While it can be frustrating to watch the dysfunction and partisan gridlock in Congress, I think there is still a place for moderate members like myself to try to build consensus and cooperation,” Peterson said. “I will continue to be a voice of common sense in Washington, D.C. for all the people of Minnesota’s 7th District.”