Bliss receives support in election bid

Former state representative Matt Bliss has reportedly earned unanimous support from House 5A Republicans as he plans to seek re-election this November.

The endorsement convention, according to a release, was conducted electronically amid COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

“I look forward to continuing my work for the people of District 5A, focusing on Northern Minnesota common sense and getting Minnesota back to work,” Bliss said. “We need to get our economy back in high gear, as it was before this pandemic struck. The good thing is Northern Minnesotans are hardy, self-reliant and eager to get back on the job so we can come back stronger than ever.

“At the same time, people need to know their state Rep. is hard at work on their behalf, ready and eager to help constituents as needed and actively working on solutions in the House. I have a proven record of getting things done in St. Paul and will continue with that work ethic to continue delivering results for our the people of our district.”

Bliss was 5A’s representative from 2016 to 2018, and narrowly lost the 2018 election against 5A’s current representative John Persell.

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