DFL endorses Thoreen for run in Senate District 11
Stevens County Coordinator Jim Thoreen was unanimously endorsed as the DFL candidate to challenge Minnesota District 11 incumbent Republican Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen.
Thoreen, 64, of Morris, was endorsed at the DFL's District Convention on Thursday in Alexandria.
Thoreen is retiring from his county position at the end of May after 12 years. He's also worked as a county administrator in three other counties during his career.
"It's a humbling thing, really, when you stop and consider what it means," Thoreen said of the endorsement. "I hope voters will decide that I'm the right person for the job."
District 11 is comprised of Stevens, Douglas, Grant and Todd counties. Ingebrigtsen's first four-year term ends this year.
Thoreen said he will attend the 7th Congressional District Convention on Saturday in Fergus Falls. The state DFL convention is April 24-25 in Duluth.
When announcing his candidacy, Thoreen said that the current budget crisis facing the state would be primary concern and that those decisions would have an impact on all state functions, from school funding, jobs and taxes to social programs and issues.
Thoreen has 30 years experience working in government administration.
Thoreen has been married to his wife Bonnie for 39 years and they have three sons.
In addition to his government service, Thoreen has been active in radio and television work. He is a Vietnam-era Army veteran, is an active member of the Morris Kiwanis club, sings in a men's quartet and serves the addiction recovery community as the result of 28 years of recovery from alcoholism.