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Franson announces re-election bid

Mary Franson, R-Alexandria

State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, has announced her intention to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016.

Franson, the chair of the House Select Committee on Affordable Child Care and the vice chair of the House Agriculture Policy Committee, is seeking her fourth term in office.

“I’m proud to run on my conservative record. Over the past year, we’ve been able to pass pro-life and pro-Second Amendment legislation into law – in spite of the fact that the Senate and governor’s office are controlled by liberal Democrats,” said Franson. “I’ve also worked hard to advocate for our most vulnerable citizens including successfully leading the charge of stabilize nursing home funding so our parents and grandparents receive the care they deserve.”

For her work during the 2015 Legislative Session, Franson was given the “Legislator of Distinction” award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Franson authored legislation to provide funding for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Infrastructure (BDPI) grant program, which received $4.2 million. This program allocates dollars toward cities to help facilitate improvements to public infrastructure for economic growth.

“I look forward to running on my record of standing up for life, defending the Second Amendment, protecting our vulnerable citizens, and advocating for our community over the wasteful desires of Minneapolis and St. Paul politicians,” said Franson. “I represent the best people. I love my neighbors, and it’s an honor to be the voice of our community in the Legislature.”

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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