Rosenfield bids for House District 12BRosenfield describes himself as a moderate who would be able to work with both political parties to break the gridlock that he said has plagued the Legislature in the past four to six years. “I am not a politician but a professional manager who agrees with most of the DFL’s positions,” he said.
Rick Rosenfield of rural Alexandria recently announced his DFL candidacy for the new District 12B House of Representatives seat.
Paul Anderson of Starbuck is the Republican-endorsed candidate.
District 12B includes the southeastern corner of Douglas County, which has a population of 7,691.
Rosenfield describes himself as a moderate who would be able to work with both political parties to break the gridlock that he said has plagued the Legislature in the past four to six years.
“I am not a politician but a professional manager who agrees with most of the DFL’s positions,” he said.
Rosenfield worked at Douglas Machine in Alexandria for 34 years before finishing his career there in 2009. He rose to the position of vice president and served his last five years as director of metal finishing.
“My leadership skills were developed through my numerous management positions at Douglas,” he said. “I have been responsible for business units equivalent to a $15 million company. My jobs took me all over the United States and to England and China.”
He holds a degree in history from the University of Minnesota at Morris.
Rosenfield was a founding member of the Andes National Ski Patrol and served 20 years for the volunteer organization. He also was a section chief, received the Patrol Director of the Year Award, and was an emergency response and skills instructor.
He volunteered as an assistant high school coach for seven years at Osakis and Villard.
Rosenfield, who has lived in this part of the state since 1963, said he is well aware of the major changes that have taken place in west central Minnesota.
“When I moved here, agriculture and tourism were king, and now most areas rely on manufacturing and service jobs. District 12 now seems to offer new problems with no population area to use as an anchor for the district.”
The DFL District 12 endorsing convention is set for Thursday, April 19 at Minnewaska High School, west of Glenwood on Highway 28.