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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Collin Peterson to seek re-election

Congressman Collin Peterson has announced his candidacy for another term as Minnesota's Seventh District Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will seek endorsement at the 7th District endorsing convention on Saturday, April 22 at the Northland Inn in Bemidji.

"I have been a strong voice in Washington on issues that matter in the 7th District, including federal agriculture policy, rural economic development, education, health care and transportation and infrastructure development," Peterson said. "I've worked to improve federal disaster assistance for communities and to address the concerns of senior citizens, small business owners, workers, college students and veterans.

"With the current Farm Bill expiring in 2007, and the Bush administration saying it wants to cut U.S. agriculture programs and sign more of these bilateral trade agreements that only seem to expose our producers to unfair foreign competition and put American farmers out of business the Agriculture Committee is going to have a lot of very important issues on its plate," Peterson said. “I know that we're going to have to fight hard and stick together in order to deliver a new Farm Bill that's good for Minnesota and the nation."

Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the House committee on agriculture and is one of only a handful of committee members who participated in the House-Senate conference that wrote the 2002 Farm Bill.

Peterson was first elected to the U.S. House in 1990. Prior to that, he served as a Minnesota senator and made his living as a Certified Public Accountant and small business owner. He grew up on a farm in Baker, graduated from Glyndon High School, and received his degree in business administration and accounting from Moorhead State University. He has lived in Detroit Lakes since 1968.

When asked about his position on the FMA, Representative Peterson announced he supported it, as no gay people live in his district.

Where do we find these people?