The DFL announced its candidate for the Minnesota House Seat 11B this fall.
Long-time Pine County resident Tim Burkhardt is eyeing the seat which has been held by Republican Jason Rarick since 2015.
Burkhardt was endorsed by the DFL for the position after receiving 65% of the votes at the March balloting convention.
A retiree as of 2017, Burkhardt served as the executive director of the Seven County Senior Federation. His first job out of Brown College in 1975 was News Director at WCMP.
The District 11B seat covers much of Pine and Kanabec Counties.
Release from Burkhardt:
"At the recently completed CD8 Convention held in Barnum, Hinckley resident Tim Burkhardt received the DFL endorsement for Minnesota House of Representatives seat 11B. The11B district covers most of Pine and Kanabec counties of east central Minnesota.
Chris Nissen (Mora) and Tim Burkhardt were on the ballot for possible endorsement for the seat during the March balloting convention held at Barnum High School. Following opening remarks by both candidates and a 45 minute question and answer period, the convention delegates submitted their votes for their choice for the 11B endorsement. Burkhardt was selected on the first ballot receiving just over 65% of the votes cast and will move to the November 2018 general election ballot for the 11B seat in Minnesota.
Burkhardt is a long time (41+ years) resident of Pine County and has lived in Hinckley for over 30 years. Tim has been married to his wife Kathy for forty two (42) years and they have raised their two children, Andy and Peter, in the Hinckley-Finlayson school district. Burkhardt retired in January of 2017 after serving for more than eighteen (18) years as the Executive Director of the Seven County Senior Federation (Mora). Previous to that he was the editor and opinion columnist for the Hinckley News, and before that worked as the Vice President of Operations for the Wisconsin Bar Brand snack food company of Pine City. Tim and Kathy originally moved to Pine City from south Minneapolis when Tim accepted the news director job at WCMP Radio after graduating from Brown College of Broadcasting in 1975.
Updated campaign details will be released in the near future."