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DFL candidate emerges in House District 8B

Gail Kulp, born, raised and educated in Alexandria, announced last week that she's running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 8B.

The incumbent is Mary Franson, R-Alexandria.

Kulp pursued further education at the University of Minnesota and in Utah, but she said she's never wandered far from the values she learned as a child - hard work, honesty and caring about others.

She said she understands why citizens are upset when elected officials fail to work together for the common good or don't finish on time

She said it's critical to make wise decisions and investments based on understanding the repercussions of prior choices, seizing opportunities to meet legitimate needs and keeping focused on the future.

"District 8B is full of good, honest people who work hard," Kulp said. "Over the next year I look forward to talking with, and listening to them. I will work hard to earn their trust, gain their support, and implement decisions that strengthen the economy and expand opportunities for their families, friends and neighbors."

Kulp said she's encouraged by looking at the results of forward thinking leadership. She sees areas that are vibrant due to strong education options and opportunities, businesses - new and old - that are succeeding and expanding, and the progress made when local governments proceed with vision. She said she'll work to promote similar outcomes throughout District 8B.

Kulp's husband for nearly 39 years, Jay, is a familiar face to sportsmen in the area. The Kulps are active volunteers in their community, a commitment shared by their daughter, Kristina.

Kulp's mother is a resident at Bethany Home since 2011.

For more than 25 years, Kulp has worked with parents of children who have disabilities. She currently serves on the administration team of the Inclusion Network and on The Windmill Project board of directors.

Kulp is seeking the DFL endorsement for House District 8B, which includes Alexandria, Carlos, Miltona, Nelson, Osakis and seven townships in eastern Douglas County; Bluffton, Clitherall, Deer Creek, Henning, New York Mills, Ottertail, Parkers Prairie, Richville, Urbank, Vining and 26 townships in eastern Otter Tail County.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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