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Kawar Farok announces candidacy for Minnesota Senate

The director of the Kurdish American Development Organization will seek the DFL endorsement for Minnesota Senate District 4.

Kawar Farok is seeking the DFL's endorsement to run for Minnesota Senate District 4, which includes Clay and Becker counties.
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MOORHEAD — A longtime resident and executive director of the Kurdish American Development Organization is running for Minnesota Senate District 4.

Kawar Farok announced Friday, April 22, that he'll seek the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to run for the newly drawn Senate seat that serves parts of Clay and Becker counties. The seat is open for contention following DFLer Sen. Kent Eken's announcement that he will not seek reelection .

Farok grew up in Moorhead and has lived in the community for nearly 30 years, according to a news release. He said he's served in various roles, such as "private sector banking, being active in community causes, and running a local nonprofit."

Farok said he'd prioritize the issues of easy access to the right to vote and the expansion of "accessible and affordable" health care, as well as public education and agriculture.

On the Republican side, at least three candidates have launched campaigns in the District 4 race: Moorhead police officer Joe Brannan ; Edwin Hahn, a Moorhead resident and recently ousted chair of the Clay County Republicans ; and Dan Bohmer, a retired Army colonel and former Moorhead City Council member .

Ryan Johnson is the Features Editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Since joining The Forum's staff in 2012, he has also reported on several beats, including higher education, business and features. Readers can reach him at 218-791-9610 or
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