Cottage Grove cop joins list of DFL hopefuls vying for HouseDan Schoen, a Cottage Grove police officer, has announced he will seek the local Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement to challenge to face Republican incumbent John Kriesel in November’s elections. He's the third area DFLer to announce interest in a run.
A Cottage Grove police officer has announced he will seek the local Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement to challenge Republican incumbent John Kriesel in November’s elections.
Dan Schoen, a 10-year veteran of the Cottage Grove police department and a St. Paul Park resident, said Monday he will join a growing field of DFL candidates hoping to oppose Kriesel, of Cottage Grove, in the general election.
Schoen, 37, said in a statement he is “running to bring a renewed focus on jobs and economic development to the district by consistently working in close collaboration with elected officials and community leaders” in District 54A, which includes portions of Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island Township, St. Paul Park, Newport and South St. Paul.
A political newcomer making his first run for public office, Schoen testified at the State Capitol last year in support of a bill that was passed into law outlawing synthetic marijuana along with Sen. Katie Sieben, Cottage Grove; Kriesel sponsored the bill in the House.
Already, Katie Schwartz, a former District 833 School Board candidate, and Dan Lund, a Newport planning commissioner, have said they will seek the DFL nomination at a local nominating convention later this month.