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Get to know Mike Wiener, Republican endorsed candidate for House Dist. 5B

Wiener is running against Sheldon Monson, of Wadena, for the House Dist. 5B seat.

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WADENA — Mike Wiener, the Republican endorsed candidate for House District 5B is an entrepreneur, family man and newcomer to politics.

Wiener, who has nine children, has been running a wood product recycling company with his wife for over 15 years and has worked throughout much of the district in that time. He and his family live south of Long Prairie.

Those nine kids have taught him a lot of lessons and he said he has been able to share a lot of great lessons with those kids ranging from college age to elementary school. With a busy job and busy family, entering the field of politics was not about having time so much as it was about caring about what the future looked like for his family.

He said he’s running for the seat out of frustration for the path of government. He shared his frustrations with the handling of the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, including disgust for the business shutdowns.

“We needed leadership,” Wiener said. He questioned how the government was choosing to hurt some businesses over others during shutdowns and times of increased health regulations.

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“If I don’t get involved, what kind of future am I going to leave my kids?” Wiener asked in a visit to the Pioneer Journal. “Are they going to be able to enjoy the same life that I did growing up? That concerned me.”

While he and his family have watched what was going on with concern, and discussed politics frequently, this is his first time he is running for election. He has most recently served as deputy chair on the Todd County BPOU.

“If we aren’t willing to fight for our country, then all is lost,” Wiener said. “And I don’t believe we’re to that point.”

“We love our country and it’s worth fighting for,” Wiener said.

Wiener said being the endorsed candidate was a humbling experience and he does not take the responsibility lightly. When the redistricting took place, he knew it was time to give it a run.

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Wiener said some of the big issues he feels need to be fixed include what he feels are huge tax increases.

“We are going to tax these people out of their homes if we don’t stop government spending on all levels,” he said.

He’s also pro-Second Amendment rights, pro-life, and supports measures to care for elderly populations. He is concerned about election integrity, an energy crisis and rising inflation. While he has frustrations and concerns, he still believes he lives in the greatest country in the world.

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“We have problems, but we’re not done yet,” Wiener said.

Wiener welcomes people to join him for monthly BPOU meetings at Thunder Lodge in Long Prairie and the monthly Wadena County Republican gatherings in Wadena.
Wadena County Republicans meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Pizza Ranch in Wadena. Dinner and visiting at 6 p.m. with speakers and a business meeting at 7 p.m. Call 218-894-1899 for more information.

To find out more about Wiener, contact him at mwiener4house@gmail.com .

Wiener is running for the newly formed House District 5B seat against Wadena County Commissioner Sheldon Monson. The new district includes all of Todd County and portions of Wadena, Morrison and Cass counties.

He's running against Mike Wiener of Long Prairie, who was endorsed at the Republican convention earlier this month.

Wadena County is split between 5A and 5B. The northern portion of the county is in 5A and so far, one candidate is running for that district, Lake Shore mayor Krista Knudsen. Knudsen was endorsed for the seat. House Dist. 5A includes portions of Cass, Wadena, Hubbard, and Becker counties. Knudsen was elected Mayor in 2020, previously serving on the Lake Shore City Council.

Incumbent State Sen. Paul Utke said he will defend his Senate seat in a primary.

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