DFL candidate enters race for Minnesota Senate District 4
Jared Adams is hoping for the DFL endorsement for the seat held by Kent Eken, who is not running for reelection.
MOORHEAD — An Army veteran and public education advocate has announced his campaign for a seat in the newly drawn Minnesota Senate District 4, which includes parts of Clay and Becker counties.
Jared Adams will seek the Minnesota DFL endorsement for the seat held by longtime DFL legislator Kent Eken, who is not running for reelection.
“I’ve always had a passion for serving my country and communities,” Adams said in a Tuesday, April 26, news release.
Adams, 35, is a political newcomer who works in advocacy for public education.
He said there should be increased funding for public education, increased access to medical care in western Minnesota and expanded access to affordable child care options for working families.
Adams served as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2013.
After discharge, he obtained a degree in education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and began a teaching career in secondary education.
Throughout his time as a teacher, Adams was involved with the Fargo Education Association teacher’s union, starting as a building representative and rising to FEA vice president, the release said.
Adams will face Kawar Farok, executive director of the Kurdish American Development Organization, in the Aug. 9 primary election.
Three Republicans also have an eye on the District 4 Senate seat.
Retired Army Col. and former Moorhead city councilman Dan Bohmer, Moorhead Police Sgt. Joe Brannan and former Clay County Republican Party chair Edwin Hahn have announced their bids for the seat.