Kari Dorry of Ortonville recently announced her run for the Minnesota Senate District 12 in the 2022 general election.

Dorry, 41, is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in the Ortonville school district. She is also the teacher’s union president and is seeking the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

“I’m a dedicated teacher and I love my job. Supporting rural schools is a top priority for me,” Dorry said in a news release. “But beyond education, our campaign will focus broadly on the needs and opportunities of all our communities, in every corner of our large rural district.”

Dorry lives in Ortonville with her husband, Chris, and her sons, Archer, Owen and Eliot.

“I’ve long felt that rural Minnesota would benefit by electing new faces to the Minnesota Legislature," Dorry said. "Currently, there are only two rural women in the Senate and 20 men from rural districts. I’m starting my campaign early with the hope that many more women will join me in running for office in 2022.”

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Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, has held the seat in Senate District 12 since 2013. Legislative district boundaries in Minnesota are currently under review as part of the post census redistricting.