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Otter Tail County man is endorsed by DFL for House 2B Legislative race

David Sobieski

David Sobieski (pronounced So-b-yes-ski) was endorsed by unanimous consent for the House District 2B Legislative race by delegates at the DFL Senate District 2 Convention on Saturday, March 15 in Park Rapids.

Sobieski, 48, of Butler Township in Otter Tail County, said he is running for the House of Representatives because of his commitment to rural Minnesota and because he wants to put the needs of the district before any extreme ideology.

“I want to invest in our communities and our people,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the candidate, Robert Durant, an Elder and Secretary/Treasurer of White Earth Nation, introduced Sobieski to the convention. Durant spoke about his and Sobieski’s shared military experience. Durant addressed Sobieski being a parachute packer and working to keep pilots safe and how he will work to do the same thing for the people in House District 2B.

During his acceptance speech, Sobieski said, “I believe our district needs a representative who can work with members of both parties. Our current representative is a great Tea Party republican – but not a good representative for the average citizen. While it is fine to have a differing opinion from the opposite party – there comes a time when you have to work with the other side to reach a greater good.

“Being an elected official means educating yourself and making informed decisions. Saying no is not always the right answer. Compromise and consensus can make our government work better. The citizens of House District 2B need to be represented – not the extreme views of the Republican party. I believe citizens of Minnesota have grown weary of partisan bickering. If elected, my job is to work for all citizens – not just an extreme faction.

“Our representatives need to work together to get the job done,” Sobieski added. “Shutting down the government is never a good option. There is a lot of important work to do in St. Paul – and it is also important that this work is completed on time – closing our parks, delaying license applications and other critical state services should not be delayed because Republicans refuse to compromise.”

Sobieski and his wife, Amy, own CanvasWork Inc. in New York Mills where they make products for the parking/ transportation, marine and agricultural industries. They have two children: John, 12, and Henry, 10. Sobieski served in the United States Air Force from 1987-90 when he was honorably discharged. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Education and Creative Writing.