White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Alan Roy, 35, announced his run for state Senate District 2 during a campaign kickoff in Waubun on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Roy’s full name is Leonard Alan Roy, but he goes by Alan.

Roy said in a news release that he is running because “we live in an uncommon time that requires uncommon leadership. Friends and neighbors asked me to run because I understand the economic and social challenges of the district. We need someone that will work for all Minnesotans.”

He is seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination.

The district is represented by Republican Sen. Paul Utke of Park Rapids, who was elected in 2016.

At the campaign event, surrounded by friends and family, Roy focused on the economy, health care and natural resources. He also touched on veterans, saying that, “it is important that we take care of our service members when they deploy and our veterans when they return home.”

When speaking to supporters on next steps in the process, he said that, “right now we need to focus on securing the DFL nomination and meeting voters at their doorstep. We will build a better future for everyone. I see only one way forward — together.”

Roy was elected to a four-year term as White Earth secretary-treasurer in 2018, when he defeated incumbent Tara Mason 1,134 votes to 1,082.

An Army veteran, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he currently drills as a reservist in the Army Reserve.

Roy is a White Earth Reservation native and he holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis. He and his wife, Henny, have been married 11 years and are raising three children in the Detroit Lakes Public School District.