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Aitkin commissioner to challenge Stevenson in DFL primary

Aitkin County Commissioner Anne Marcotte announced Friday she intends to file for the Senate District 10 seat, running in the DFL primary on Aug. 14.

She will run against the endorsed DFL candidate, Taylor Stevenson, 24, of Baxter.

In a statement, she said Brainerd lakes region residents cannot afford to again risk the future of the region and state to inexperienced candidates.

Elected to the Aitkin County Board in 2010, she said her proven record of leadership and experience is what is needed to get St. Paul working for all Minnesotans again.

An attorney, Marcotte said her experience includes years as a public defender for indigent clients and service as an auditor for the Hill City Lions Club for 15 years.

She acknowledged Stevenson might have the edge in experience in terms of conducting a state Senate race.

“It’s possible,” she said.

Criticizing the current Republican-led Legislature as a “do-nothing Legislature,” she said lawmakers passed a series of constitutional amendments aimed at moving Minnesota backward 100 years or more.

Rather than passing a voter ID constitutional amendment, she said she would have liked to have seen legislation concentrating on creating jobs and bettering the economy. The voter ID constitutional amendment, she said, was an example of a measure that had no bearing on Minnesotans’ day-to-day lives.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and her law degree at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She previously served on the Aitkin County Board of Adjustment. Marcotte is a Teamster, a Minnesota Farm Bureau member and an American Legion Auxiliary member. She is also a past board member of the Advocates for Family Peace.

Marcotte, 52, is a 30-year resident of Aitkin County and her family has owned an American Tree Farm for 50 years. She lives in Hill Lake Township in Aitkin County.

In her statement she said Minnesotans must restore the American dream and the forgotten middle class.

“I hold dear the Northland we reside in and will do my best to secure its future, environmentally, economically and socially,” she said in her statement.

Marcotte said she would be happy to attend functions or meet with voters as the campaign progresses.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or He may be followed on Twitter at

Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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