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Woodbury woman announces bid for state Senate

A Woodbury woman and former PTA leader announced Thursday that she will seek the Democratic endorsement in Senate District 53.

According to a news release, Susan Kent will challenge for the post, which is open. The new seat - comprising all of Woodbury and portions of surrounding cities to its west - was established last month during the redistricting process.

In the release, Kent named education, health care and job creation as her top priorities.

"Minnesota has a proud legacy of commitment to education, health care and job creation that has contributed to a healthy population," Kent said through the release. "As we look toward economic recovery, it is critical that we renew our commitment to our citizens and end the legislative gridlock at the Capitol."

The local Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsing convention will be March 31.

Kent is the first Democrat declare candidacy in the new Senate district. Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, said earlier this month that he intends to move to Woodbury in order to run for the new seat.

Republicans hold their endorsing convention on Saturday.

Kent lists 20 years of consultant work in marketing and media strategy for her professional experience. The release also states she has been PTA president of South Washington County Schools and founded the Twin Cities East Chapter of Mothers & More.

Kent and her husband, Chris, have one son.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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