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District 4 Republicans endorse Dan Bohmer for Minnesota Senate

The former Moorhead City Councilman is aiming to win the seat being vacated by longtime DFL lawmaker Kent Eken.

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HAWLEY, Minn. — Republicans from Senate District 4 on Saturday, May 7, endorsed Dan Bohmer for the state Senate.

Bohmer was endorsed with 85% of the vote during the convention held at the Garrick Theater in Hawley.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have the support of the local party, and look forward to earning the public’s vote in November. I want to thank Joe Brannan for also stepping up to run and wish him well,” the former Moorhead city councilman said in a news release. “It’s vitally important we all come together to win this fall. Flipping this seat and keeping the Senate Republicans in the majority is the best path to address the cost of rising inflation, tackle rising crime, and keep our businesses competitive."

Bohmer has spent the past 16 years operating and managing a nuclear pharmacy in Moorhead. He retired after a nearly four-decade military career in 2020. His service included time in the Minnesota Army National Guard, where he served as the commander of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion and the Deputy State Surgeon.

Incumbent Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Audubon, announced in mid-April that he would not seek reelection.


Eken is one of the few rural DFLers remaining in the Legislature. He has represented District 4 in the state Senate since 2013. He represented District 2A in the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013.

The district encompasses parts of Clay and Becker counties.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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