On Monday, former Sen. Lyle Koenen D-Clara City, announced that he is tossing his hat into the race for the District 17A seat that is currently being held by Rep. Tim Miller R-Prinsburg.

On Monday, former Sen. Lyle Koenen D-Clara City, announced that he is tossing his hat into the race for the District 17A seat that is currently being held by Rep. Tim Miller R-Prinsburg.

Koenen won unanimous endorsement for the seat on Saturday at the DFL Senate District Convention which was held in Raymond.

No stranger to politics, Koenen served in the state legislature from 2002 through 2016, serving four terms in the House of Representatives. He was then elected to the Senate in a special election following the death of Sen. Gary Kubly in 2014. In 2016, Koenen unsuccessfully ran for re-election to the senate against Andrew Lang, R-Olivia.

Miller announced last year that he was launching a campaign to unseat US Rep. Collin  Peterson, but he ended his campaign in Dec. and declared that he would seek re-election  to his seat in District 17A.

District 17A includes all of the couties of Chippewa, Renville, and Swift, as well as four townships in southern Kandiyohi County.

A media release announcing Koenen’s candidacy said that he is known for his bipartisanship and diplomatic leadership. He stated that he wants to return to the House to work with both sides for solutions the the problems of his district, and to the state.

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