Bemidji Mayor announces candidacy for state Senate

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht has announced her candidacy for state senate. Albrecht is running for the Senate District 5 seat, currently held by Republican Justin Eichorn.

“I’m running because we need a leader who will work for a brighter future for our region – for our children, our environment, our employers and workers, and those who feel marginalized,” said Albrecht in a release. I want to use my experience as mayor to stand up for greater economic security for our families, neighbors, and communities in Senate District 5.”

Senate District 5 includes portions of Beltrami, Cass and Itasca counties. Albrecht is seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party’s endorsement for the district.

Charles Dolson is also seeking the DFL endorsement. Dolson, according to a release, is a former police officer, a current corporate attorney and an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

Albrecht will hold a campaign kick-off event tomorrow evening at Brigid’s Pub in Bemidji, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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