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Local woman declares candidacy for state Assembly

River Falls resident Diane Odeen confirmed late Friday, Jan. 6, that she will run in this fall's Wisconsin Assembly election to represent District 30. A Democrat, Odeen said she began to consider the idea after a friend suggested she run for the seat currently held by Hudson-based Republican Dean Knudson.

The 51-year-old native Wisconsinite said she cares deeply about her home state and declared, "I want to be part of the solution."

She also follows in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents in getting involved and giving back to the community. This will be Odeen's first time to run for public office.

In this extremely early stage of the Assembly race, Odeen said she's doing the preliminary work involved with filing papers, gathering a committee, building a website and preparing for the next step(s). She made the decision to run in mid-December and said it's been busy since then - and at times, even a bit surreal.

Odeen is an attorney with Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King, and Stageberg; the firm is based in Minneapolis and has a branch office in Hudson.

Please read more on this story in the Jan. 12 print edition of the River Falls Journal and the Hudson Star Observer.